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Wis. Senate stops short on mining vote

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MADISON (AP) -

Senate Republicans have stopped short of voting on a contentious bill that would streamline Wisconsin's mining regulations to help a Florida company open a huge iron mine in the north woods.

Republicans hold a 17-16 majority in the Senate and need everyone in their caucus to support the measure. But Sen. Dale Schultz, a moderate Republican from Richland Center, has vowed to vote against the measure.

Republican leaders put the bill on Tuesday's calendar anyway. Speculation ran rampant about whether Republicans could convince a Democrat to vote for the bill, but when the GOP opened the debate by trying to amend the bill the attempt failed 16-17, with Schultz and all 16 Democrats presenting a united front.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald then pulled the bill back.

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