For Immediate Release:

April 15, 2015

Contact: Rep. Todd Novak, 608-266-7502

Rep. Novak Appeals to Preserve DATCP & DNR Boards

Madison… State Representative Todd Novak (R-Dodgeville), and nine colleagues in the legislature sent a joint letter to Rep. John Nygren, Co-chair of the Joint Finance Committee,  the committee charged with the review of all state appropriations and revenues.  The letter requests they reject the provision proposed by the Governor to change the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) Board to strictly advisory in nature.

“This proposed change was one I firmly opposed; removing this policy change from the state budget is a good start to creating a better budget for the people of Wisconsin,” said Novak.  “The board is crucial in providing input and oversight to the direction of the state’s agricultural economy.”

The first series of votes on the budget took place today by the Joint Finance Committee, which will spend the next several weeks going through the Governor’s proposed state budget.  It was announced that the DATCP and DNR board changes would be removed from the budget, along with some other policy items.

“I’m pleased to see the JFC made these changes,” said Novak.  “I’m happy to have advocated on behalf of the constituents I heard from on this issue.  The budget is still a work in progress, and I will continue to work on making it a fair budget for all of Wisconsin”.

Rep. Novak’s office is located at 304 North in the Wisconsin State Capitol. He can be contacted by phone at (608) 266-7502 or by e-mail at