- Associated Press - Thursday, April 9, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to remove powers of the Department of Natural Resources board is getting a mixed reception from Republican lawmakers.

Vos said Thursday that Assembly Republicans talked about the proposal as they are beginning to discuss elements of Walker’s budget. He says the idea to make the seven-member board advisory only got a “mixed reception.”

Walker’s budget calls for transforming the board into an advisory panel, ending its ability to set policy for the DNR. That would allow the governor to control the agency directly through Secretary Cathy Stepp, a Walker appointee, with no checks or balances.

The proposal has been widely criticized by current board members, Democrats and environmental groups that work closely with the DNR.

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