Senate panel slaps DNR on Amy's future

Members of a legislative committee say they have lost confidence in State Health Officer Brian Amy's ability to lead the State Health Department.

The no-confidence vote by the Senate Public Health Committee came after another in a series of hearings into the operations of the department.

Members referred to poor communication among staff and with the public, and widespread dissatisfaction among public health and medical professionals under Amy's leadership.

Amy has served as the state's top health officer since 2002. He called the hearings very one-sided, saying the vote was based on hearsay, misinformation, and unsubstantiated opinions.