A proposal to strip the governor of his power to appoint the DNR Secretary gains some key support.
Assembly Speaker Mike Sheridan (D-Janesville) says it’s an important issue that deserves action from lawmakers. He says he plans to bring the bill to the floor this legislative session.
The legislation would take away the governor’s ability to appoint the DNR Secretary, returning it to the Natural Resources Board. Supporters say the move is needed to keep politics from influencing natural resources policies in the state.
Governor Doyle has indicated he will veto the bill if it passes. However, Sheridan says there are at least 68 co-sponsors of the measure so far, making it possible for the bill to pass with a veto proof majority.
One factor that could help the chances of the bill passing is Governor Doyle’s decision not to seek re-election, which could keep some lawmakers from siding with him and opposing the measure.