Skip to comments.Wisconsin: Senate narrowly rejects mining bill
Posted on 03/06/2012 4:02:19 PM PST by Jean S
Madison - The state Senate rejected mining legislation Tuesday designed to ease the regulatory path for a large open pit mine in northern Wisconsin.
The vote was another setback for the effort to streamline mining regulations, but legislative leaders still cling to hope they can approve a bill before the legislative session ends next week.
The measure senators rejected 17-16 was a version that the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee had approved Monday. Majority Republicans hope to send the matter to a legislative committee later Tuesday so they can bring it up another day.
Sen. Dale Schultz (R-Richland Center) voted with all Democrats to reject the measure. Schultz said last week he opposed drafts of the mining bill written by his fellow Republicans, and leaders sought support in recent days from him or a handful of Democrats.
Mining has received little attention in recent years - there is no large metallic or iron ore mine in operation in Wisconsin today.
But that changed after Gogebic Taconite proposed constructing a $1.5 billion iron ore mine in Ashland and Iron counties that would employ 600 to 700 workers.
The company is headquartered in Hurley and owned by a Florida-based company that has extensive holdings of coal in Illinois and Appalachia.
Gogebic put its plan on hold during the middle of last year after concluding Wisconsin needed to make changes in the way in which iron ore mines are regulated.
Legislation sputtered for months, then emerged as high political drama as lawmakers vetted different proposals in the hope of getting enough votes in the Senate.
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Just HOW do you fix STUPID???? Folks, do NOT elect clowns like this. Siding with the Dems is so disgusting.
So Schultz - who put what in which offshore bank account?
So Dems........ you really think this vote will help your recall Walker chances?
The US will be prime real-estate in a few years after the spigots run dry in the ME and Canada.
Starting at the top of a shield on a dark blue field is the state motto "Forward". Below it is a badger the state animal. A sailor and miner show that the people work on water and land. The shield in the center shows Wisconsin's support for the United States. In four sections surrounding the shield are representations of the states main industries: Agriculture, mining, manufacturing and navigation. The cornucopia and pile of lead represent farm products and minerals.
I suggest we remove all references to mining from the state flag and replace them with a giant DONKEY'S BACKSIDE to represent our new main industry.
Via Facebook, in turn via the MacIver Institute (https://www.facebook.com/MacIverInstitute/posts/10150591700588499):
Rep. Vos statement on Mining Bill:
Senate Democrats have failed Wisconsin. Im extremely disappointed that they refuse to see the clear need for jobs in our state.
Some continue to say theyre willing to negotiate; they are not. Some say theyre for mining and jobs; they are not. Todays vote in the Senate proves it.
The compromise that passed the Joint Committee on Finance was a product of hours of public hearings and hours of negotiations. The agreement wouldve taken away the uncertainty and burdensome process for ferrous mining while maintaining necessary environmental protections.
Our top priority has always been jobs. Well continue to fight for jobs for Wisconsin families and the future of our states economy.
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He's a Putz, but if he flipped the Rats control the State Senate and therefore the Agenda.
Even if Governor Walker survives the Recall, he is a lame duck without Schultz on our side. The Senate Democrats would be able to make the rest of Walker's Term a pain.
—it is with disgust that I admit that this wretch is the senator representing my mother-—
We don’t need no stinking jobs. We got government.
On B...thanks, MM