MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republicans have finally released a bill to streamline the state's mining regulations.
The measure is designed to help Gogebic Taconite open an iron mine just south of Lake Superior.
Company officials say the mine is a jobs engine. But they want assurances of an end point in the state's permitting process. The GOP has been working on a bill to streamline the process for months.
On Thursday Assembly Republicans unveiled the language. The bill requires state regulators to act on a permit application within 360 days after the application is deemed complete.
It also does away with contested case hearings on mine decisions and eliminates citizens' ability to file lawsuits related to iron mining. Republicans insist, however, that people can sue after the permit is approved.
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