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County Committee To Consider Right to Bear Arms Resolution

Issue Date: December 16, 2021

At its meeting at 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec, 16, Marinette County Board's Administrative Committee will consider a resolution opposing enactment of any Wisconsin legislation that would infringe on the right to keep and bear arms. If the proposed resolution is recommended for approval by the Administrative Committee it will go on to a vote at the next County Board meeting, which will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 21.

The resolution points out that the right of the people to keep and bear arms is guaranteed as an individual right under the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and Wisconsin Constitution, Article 1, Section 25: ''The people have the right to keep and bear arms for security, defense, hunting, recreation or any other lawful purpose."

It goes on to say the right of the people to keep and bear arms for defense of life, liberty, and property is regarded as an inalienable right by the people of Marinette County and the people of Marinette County derive economic benefit from all safe forms of firearms recreation, hunting, and shooting conducted within Marinette County using all types of firearms allowable under both the United States and Wisconsin Constitutions.

It declares Marinette County Board Supervisors are elected to represent the people of Marinette County and are duly sworn by their oath of office to uphold the United States Constitution and the Constitution of the State of Wisconsin and members of the Wisconsin House of Representatives and the Wisconsin Senate are elected by the people of the State of Wisconsin and are duly sworn by their oath of office to uphold the United States Constitution and the Constitution of the State of Wisconsin.

The proposed resolution repeats that the County Board opposes any legislation considered by the Wisconsin State Legislature or Governor that would infringe on the right of the people to keep and bear arms for security, defense, hunting, recreation or any other lawful purpose, including the right to purchase and own semi-automatic firearms, high capacity firearm magazines, or body armor and also opposes adoption of any special tax on the purchase or possession of fire arms, high capacity firearm magazines and/or ammunition.

It concludes by directing the County Clerk to distribute copies of the resolution to the Governor and other state and federal officials elected to represent the citizens of Marinette County.

Passage of this or some other resolution supporting the right to keep and bear arms has been urged by the United Constitutionalists of Marinette County during time for public comment at several County Board meetings in recent months.

The committee will also consider recommending County Board approval of a resolution for the county to enter into agreements with McKesson Corporation, Cardinal Health, Inc., Amerisourbergen Corporation, Johnson & Johnson, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Janssen Pharmaceuitca, Inc., to settle lawsuits involving the State of Wisconsin and 65 other counties. The lawsuits are in regard to costs for the county to deal with problems associated with opioid abuse resulting from pharmaceuticals manufactured by those firms. If approved, Marinette County will agree to terms of a memorandum of understanding with the Wisconsin Attorney General to allocate settlement proceeds.

Amount of the proceeds for each county is not known at this time, as it is based on individual county participation and qualification in regard to the suit. The fiscal impact statement prepared by Finance Director Laura Mans states cost to the county under the proposed resolution is an allocated percentage, defined as a deposit by the escrow agent of the state, into an "Attorney Fees Account" that will be used to pay attorney fees. Amount to be deposited is covered by the settlement and will be subtracted from the county's portion before distribution.

The committee will also consider a three year WPPA collective bargaining agreement for county law enforcement employees and letter of understanding providing ARPA funded premium pay for affected employees, leave of absence for a courthouse category employee, and increasing the meal allowances for county personnel by $2 per meal. If approved, partial day travel maximum meal allowance is $9 for breakfast, $12 for lunch and $19 for dinner. For overnight or full day travel meal allocation is $40. Receipts are not required because no meal reimbursement claim shall be processed for any amount that exceeds the maximum.

Other items for the Administrative Committee to deal with on Thursday include financial reports, meeting include a sales tax report by Finance Director Laura Mans; the 2022 Sales and Use Tax Agreement between Wisconsin Department of Revenue and Marinette County, and agreements with Cincinnati Insurance Company for Machinery and Equipment Insurance for 2022 at $5,644, and Wisconsin County Mutual Insurance Corporation for a 2022 public official position schedule bond rider for $2,044.


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