UPDATE: Assembly begins last debate on mining bill
MADISON (AP) - Republicans who control the state Assembly say
they are confident a mining bill will protect the environment and bring
jobs to Wisconsin despite Democrats who say it will harm air and water
The Assembly began debate of the measure Thursday. It was expected to pass in the late afternoon.
Republican Majority Leader Scott Suder calls the
measure "perhaps the most important jobs bill we've seen in a great long
while." He says the iron ore mine near Lake Superior could be
operational within three to four years.
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.
Assembly approval would send the bill to Gov. Scott Walker, the last step before it would become law.