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Court weighs case of conservative who won't leave DNR board

Wisconsin DNR Website

The Wisconsin Supreme Court is set to consider whether to remove a Department of Natural Resources board member who refuses to step down even though his term ended almost a year ago.

Fred Prehn has said he doesn’t have to step aside because the Senate hasn’t confirmed Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ appointee.

The Republican-controlled Senate adjourned its two-year session this week without scheduling a confirmation hearing.

That effectively preserves a one-vote conservative majority on the DNR board that has handled key issues like wolf management and environmental policy.

The justices will hear oral arguments Thursday morning.

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