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Thompson Won't Give Lawmakers Control of UW's COVID Policies

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University of Wisconsin System President Tommy Thompson is pushing back against Republican lawmakers who claim campuses need their permission to implement COVID-19 policies.

A key Republican lawmaker promised to pursue a lawsuit if Thompson won't abide.

UW campuses implemented a range of protocols this month heading into the fall semester, including mask and testing mandates.

Republican lawmakers responded by voting to block the system from implementing any COVID-19 policies without approval from the Legislature's GOP-controlled rules committee.

Thompson said Tuesday that the system doesn't need political approval for every internal management decision and legally controls access to its buildings and facilities. 

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