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Assembly expected to vote on Mining Bill Thursday

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Republican lawmakers outline possible changes to their mining bill. (Photo: Wisconsin Radio Network)
Republican lawmakers outline possible changes to their mining bill. (Photo: Wisconsin Radio Network)

MARSHFIELD, WI (WSAU)  -  The controversial mining bill to permit iron ore mining in northern Wisconsin is going before the State Assembly for what is expected to be a final vote on Thursday.

That’s according to 86th District Representative John Spiros, who says even with a Republican majority, “I believe that it’s going to be a long day. That’s why we’re starting our day at 9:00 am. I’m expecting a 12 hour plus day for Thursday, and I think all the other representatives are expecting the same.” As of Monday, Spiros said that there were 11 amendments set for possible discussion and more could be added by Thursday.

The first term Assemblyman from Marshfield said he’d be voting for the bill because he believes it protects the environment while creating jobs around the entire state. According to Spiros, “I think it’s environmentally sound, and I think from the standpoint of economics it will definitely help this area.”

Many Assembly Democrats oppose the bill saying it goes too far with relaxing environmental standards; but if passed, the bill clears the way for Gogebic Taconite to open a new iron ore mining operation in Ashland and Iron Counties.

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