Thursday, the GOP-dominated Joint Finance Committee voted on the DNR's budget. Emotions flared and sparks flew, but in the end, the measure to restructure the DNR passed 12 to 4.
While Democrats urged folding in more funding to protect the environment, they really dug in their heels when it came to plans to reorganize the agency.
In recent years, the department has gone through a number of significant changes. For example - in 2015, some 60 scientists worked in the DNR’s central science services bureau. Today 15 remain.