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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

 10:54 AM 

Vos, Suder announce mining overhaul will be first bill they introduce for 2013-14 session

Assembly Speaker-elect Robin Vos and Majority Leader Scott Suder announced today an overhaul of the state’s mining laws will be the first bill they will introduce in the 2013-14 session.

The announcement came the same day Gov. Scott Walker made three stops around Wisconsin to tout mining legislation. He was to be joined by GOP lawmakers at the stops.

The statement from Vos and Suder did not include details of what will be in the bill.

The Assembly approved mining legislation last session, but it bogged down in the Senate. The legislation was eventually amended by the Joint Finance Committee, but it did not clear the Senate in the final days of the session as GOP Sen. Dale Schultz joined Dem Sen. Bob Jauch in proposing an alternative bill.

During an appearance on “UpFront with Mike Gousha” last month, Vos said he hoped to at least start with the JFC version of the bill and move forward with some potential tweaks.

Environmentalists have raised concerns the Assembly and JFC bills did not include adequate protections for the environment.

“Mining reform is a top priority in the state Assembly,” said Vos, who is expected to become speaker Monday after lawmakers open the 2013-14 session. “I’m hopeful all the interested parties can come together to protect our environment and make mining reform happen.” 


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