Rep. Black: Statement regarding Gov. Doyle veto of independent DNR secretary bill
“I am very disappointed by the veto by Governor Jim Doyle of the bipartisan legislation to restore the independence of the DNR.
“I am proud of my colleagues in the Legislature. Legislators from both parties campaigned on the promise of restoring the power to the citizen Natural Resources Board to appoint the DNR Secretary free of political interference. We have done what we said we would do and kept our word to the people of Wisconsin by voting for an independent DNR.
“We should now act again on our word in the face of the Governor’s most disappointing veto. I will ask Speaker Sheridan to quickly schedule an override vote. Decisions about our outdoors should be based on science and what is best for our environment, not on what is best for politicians and special interest groups.”
WisPolitics: Doyle vetoes DNR secretary bill; Rep. Black looking for veto override
Gov. Jim Doyle has vetoed the bill that would have returned power to the Natural Resources Board to appoint the DNR secretary.
He said he vetoed the legislation because "Wisconsin’s people and natural resources are best served with a Secretary appointed by the Governor."
He added: “The major environmental measures we’ve taken in the past seven years, from working to remove mercury from our air, expanding the Stewardship program, passing the Great Lakes Compact, moving toward energy independence and reforming our regulatory process, could not have [been] achieved by a board appointed Secretary alone."
Rep. Spencer Black, D-Madison, called the move "disappointing" and said he’d support a veto override.
“I will ask Speaker Sheridan to quickly schedule an override vote," Black said in a release. "Decisions about our outdoors should be based on science and what is best for our environment, not on what is best for politicians and special interest groups."
Rebekah Sweeney, spokeswoman for Assembly Speaker Mike Sheridan, D-Janesville, said the speaker has been in meetings and hasn’t seen the veto message.
"But we excpect to discuss the veto as a caucus and decide as a group the next step we will take," she said.
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