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Legislative Council: Budget committee can release western Wisconsin health dollars, with legal risk

The Legislature’s budget-writing committee can release dollars to help western Wisconsin respond to healthcare facility closures, “although doing so may involve some legal risk,” according to a recent memo from legislative attorneys. 
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Meningitis vaccine requirement takes effect after suspension expires 

The Department of Health Services is moving again to implement a meningitis vaccine requirement for students entering the seventh grade, after a suspension placed on it by Republican lawmakers expired. Students also need a booster dose when they enter 12th grade. 
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Lawmakers will consider plans for opioid settlement dollars, oral health workforce

The Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee will meet Tuesday to consider how to allocate $36 million in opioid settlement funds in the state’s next fiscal year, after putting the brakes on a proposal from Gov. Tony Evers’ administration. 
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Republicans decline Evers’ call to release western Wisconsin healthcare, PFAS dollars

Republican lawmakers on the Legislature’s budget-writing committee did not attend a Tuesday meeting called by Gov. Tony Evers to consider his proposals for releasing millions of dollars to address healthcare facility closures in the Chippewa Valley and contamination by “forever chemicals.”
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