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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

 5:54 PM 

JFC mining sub rejected; bill referred to Org committee

After the Joint Finance Committee's substitute amendment to AB 426 was rejected 17-16 -- with Sen. Dale Schultz, R-Richland Center, joining Dems in the majority -- the mining bill has been referred to the Senate Organization Committee.

Sen. Bob Jauch, D-Poplar, said he had hoped for the chamber to take up his substitute amendment crafted with Sen. Schultz today.

He defended the legislation and challenged critics to point out which aspects of their plan would prevent mining company Gogebic Taconite from bringing jobs to northern Wisconsin.

"You cannot have responsible mining if you do not have a responsible mining law," Jauch said.

Schultz said he hoped discussions would continue and that the chamber would have the opportunity to take up a compromise mining bill.

He also said numerous aspects of the JFC sub lacked scientific credibility and needed further discussion.

"We're writing a law not just for mining at one particiular site in Ashland and Iron County," Schultz said. "We're writing a law for the entire state."

"This is bill is full of subjective, squishy langguage on public health, safety and welfare," he added.


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