Wisconsin Senate Democrat Introduces Mining Bill
The Associated Press reports that on Tuesday, a Wisconsin State Senate Democrat introduced his own legislation to rework the state’s regulations as Republicans try to persuade a company to open a huge iron mine in Ashland and Iron Counties.
Republicans have unveiled a bill that would overhaul iron mining regulations to help Gogebic Taconite open a huge mine that crosses over the Ashland-Iron County line.
Sen. Tim Cullen, a Janesville Democrat, released his own bill on Tuesday. Cullen’s bill would create a longer time frame for permit approval than the GOP bill. Unlike the Republican measure, Cullen’s bill would allow the public to challenge the decision-making process while it’s still in progress.
The bill looks doomed though as Republicans control both the Senate and Assembly. Cullen told the AP that he hopes the GOP will at least incorporate some of his ideas into their bill.