Sen. Cullen unveils alternative mining bill
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Senate Democrat has introduced his own legislation to rework the state’s mining regulations.
Republicans have already unveiled a bill that would overhaul iron mining regulations to help Gogebic Taconite open a huge mine straddling the Ashland-Iron County line.
Sen. Tim Cullen, a Janesville Democrat, released his own bill on Tuesday. It would set a longer time frame for permit approval than the GOP bill. Unlike the Republican measure, Cullen’s bill would allow the public to challenge the decision-making process while it’s still in progress.
Cullen's bill appears to have little chance of passing. Republicans control both the Senate and Assembly. But Cullen said he hopes the Republicans will at least incorporate some of his ideas into their bill.