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Senate Vote to Reject Four NRB Appointees Puts Politics Ahead of Environment and Public Health

Today, the Wisconsin State Senate voted to reject four of Governor Tony Evers’ appointees to the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board, including the first tribal member and the first woman of color ever appointed to the board. The rejection of four eminently qualified appointees brings a new level of partisan dysfunction to a part of government that is supposed to work for all of us.

Embattled Natural Resources Official Fred Prehn Resigns

Nearly two years after Governor Evers appointed his replacement, Fred Prehn will finally step down. Meanwhile, a Dane County judge is considering evidence in a pending lawsuit MEA filed against Prehn for violating Wisconsin’s Public Records Law.

MEA Asks Court to Find that Natural Resources Official Violated Public Records Law

In a hearing today, MEA asked a Dane County Circuit Court to find that Fred Prehn violated the Wisconsin Public Records Law after it was discovered that Prehn had improperly withheld dozens of communications about his refusal to step down from the NRB. Judge Everett Mitchell indicated that a written decision would be issued soon.