(AP) A local state senator is defending his proposal that would scale back local control over the regulation of sand mines.
That bill had a public hearing at the committee level.
Senator Tom Tiffany, a Hazelhurst Republican, introduced the bill that would prohibit locals from regulating sand mines under so-called police powers as well as ban them from regulating blasting, setting environmental standards and collecting advance fees for road damage. The locals could still impose regulations under their zoning authority.
Sen. Tiffany told the Senate mining committee during yesterday’s hearing he believes the bill will create regulatory uniformity so the mining industry isn’t dealing with hundreds of what he called mini-Departments of Natural Resources.
Senator Bob Jauch, a Poplar Democrat, told Tiffany the bill guts the concept of local control.
The committee isn’t expected to vote on the bill at this time.
Speaking of Senator Tiffany, he will be holding 9 listening sessions in his district next week with area representatives to the state assembly.