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Friday, March 16, 2012

 2:33 PM 

Zipperer cancels mining public hearing

Sen. Rich Zipperer, R-Pewaukee, chairman of the Committee on Judiciary, Utilities, Commerce and Government Operations, has canceled a public meeting on the mining bill scheduled for Monday.

In a statement, Zipperer said he was not aware of any senators who are willing to change their position on the legislation, so a meeting on the bill would not bring the Legislature any closer to passing a mining bill. He added he remains willing to work with any Senator to bring mining to the state.

Dems this week suspected the hearing was called to prevent them from attempting to pull mining legislation to the Senate floor. Under Senate rules, a bill can't be pulled to the floor seven days before or after a meeting is scheduled on it. Zipperer's public hearing included the Jauch-Schultz version of the bill that Dems supported.


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