Republicans will hold a hearing on a contentious mining bill in northern Wisconsin after all.
The bill streamlines the state's complex mine permitting process. The GOP hopes the bill will kick-start plans for an iron mine just south of Lake Superior.
The Assembly jobs committee's chairwoman, Rep. Mary Williams, was criticized last month for holding a hearing in West Allis, a Milwaukee suburb hundreds of miles from the mine site. She has now decided to hold a hearing at a motel in Hurley on Wednesday, Jan. 11.
Williams aide Charlie Bellin says his boss thought a Senate mining committee would hold a northern hearing but nothing has emerged from that panel. He says she heard enough outrage over the West Allis site she decided a northern hearing was justified.