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Assembly panel votes today on ousting governor out of DNR

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The state Assembly's Natural Resources Committee will vote today on a bill aimed at getting politics out of the DNR.

A Senate panel is scheduled to vote Thursday on a similar measure - which would take away the governor's authority to appoint a secretary for the hunting, fishing and environmental agency.

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That power would return to the Natural Resources Board, which used to appoint the secretary before Tommy Thompson took over that duty in 1995.

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