Gov. Tony Evers' statewide face mask order may be in jeopardy less than 24 hours after it was issued.
The state Senate's Republican leader suggested Friday he has enough votes to bring senators back to the Capitol to block the order that takes effect Saturday. And more than a dozen county sheriffs in Wisconsin say they won't enforce the mandate.
The opposition comes as local and state officials turn to face mask orders to help control the coronavirus outbreak, which has accelerated in areas of the country including Wisconsin.
"Republicans in the State Senate stand ready to convene the body to end the Governor’s order, which includes the mask mandate," Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau said in a statement.