After two years of work on the bill, the Wisconsin State Senate passed a mining bill that could lead to a large mine in the northern portion of the state.
Northwoods senator Tom Tiffany, a co-author of the bill reacted to the passing by saying, “My two goals in advancing this legislation were to ensure that Wisconsin’s high environmental protections are maintained and provide certainty for the applicant.” He felt that both of those goals were achieved with Senate Bill 1.
He also noted that the newest legislation included amendments that received bi partisan support to further strengthen protections in the legislation.
A similar measure failed 17-16 last session, with Republican Dale Schultz siding with Democrats. This session however the Republicans have a 3 seat majority making Schultz’s vote a non-factor.
Now that the bill has passed the senate it will head to the assembly, where Tiffany says he looks forward to its passage. The assembly also has a Republican majority.