A controversial mining bill passed the state assembly yesterday which included a vote from our newly elected assembly woman.
Representative Mary Czaja joined other Republicans in passing the bill along a party line vote. With a strong Republican majority, it easily passed 58-39.
Following the vote, Czaja released several statements regarding the passing. She says, ” The goal has always been clear: to bring certainty to the permitting process, while being good stewards of our natural resources and ensuring that environmental protections are maintained.”
She added that “The reforms made by SB 1 do not provide for the automatic approval of any mine. Any and all future mine proposals will go through the entire permitting and approval process.” Opposition to the bill pointed to the loosening of some environmental regulations.
As a new elected representative, Czaja just joined the debate in an official capacity. Early this year, she traveled with a group of Republicans and Democrats to the range located in the Penokee Hills.
The bill will now head to Governor Scott Walker’s desk where he is expected to sign the it into law. After that it will likely head to the courts as opponents file objections.