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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

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Zipperer schedules Monday hearing on mining bills

GOP Sen. Rich Zipperer has scheduled a public hearing Monday for both the Assembly and Schultz-Jauch versions of the iron mining bill an attempt to keep the legislation alive.

"I think basically we can see that the bills are on life support," Zipperer said. "The rationale is to keep the bill alive and to have an opportunity to move forward if we can come to an agreement."

Zipperer, R-Pewaukee and chair of the Judiciary, Utilities, Commerce and Government Operations Committee, said there has not been any compromise yet, but that the meeting serves as a placeholder if a deal is reached that would move the bill forward.

If an agreement is reached, a special session would be needed to pass the bill, Zipperer said. Gov. Scott Walker said last night he was considering a special session on the mining legislation in the hopes of persuading those senators who voted against the bill last week to change their minds.

Andrew Welhouse, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, said that lawmakers still are looking for a way to find enough votes to pass a bill through the Senate and bring G-Tac back to Wisconsin.


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