Mining debate goes on in Wis. Assembly
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Debate on Wisconsin Republicans’ contentious mining bill is dragging on in the state Assembly.
The chamber’s approval is the last step before the bill can go to Gov. Scott Walker, who has promised to sign it into law.
The GOP contends the bill will ease the regulatory path for Gogebic Taconite’s plans for a giant iron mine just south of Lake Superior and create jobs. Environmentalists and Democrats contend the bill relaxes environmental standards and would open the door for pollution that would devastate the pristine area.
Republicans control the Assembly, making passage all but certain. They began debate at 9 a.m. Thursday but Democrats have delayed a vote for hours by repeatedly criticizing the bill as a corporate give-away.
Republicans still hoped to vote sometime Thursday evening.