Wisconsin Assembly To Take Up Mining Bill Debate Today

Thursday, March 7th, 2013 at 6:21 am

The Wisconsin state Assembly is preparing for the debate on a Republican bill to ease mining restrictions in the state.

The Assembly’s Republican leaders have scheduled debate to begin at 9 a.m. Thursday. Republicans anticipate minority Democrats will try to delay the final vote and hope the early start will help them avoid an all-night session.

The bill would loosen the state’s mining regulations to help Gogebic Taconite dig a huge open-pit iron mine just south of Lake Superior. Republican supporters insist the mine will create thousands of jobs. Opponents counter the bill would open the door to devastating pollution.

The Assembly is the last stop for the legislation, as it’s already passed in the Senate. Assembly approval would send the bill to Gov. Scott Walker for his signature, the last step before it would become law.

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