- A vote next week could be the next step forward for a fast moving mining bill.
Committees in both the state Senate and Assembly plan to meet next Wednesday to take up the bill.
The committee vote is planned just two weeks after a 12-hour public hearing on the measure.
The bill would ease environmental protections to make it easier for an iron ore mine to open in Ashland and Iron counties.
Republicans -who control the Legislature-- have said they want to pass the bill quickly to help promote job creation.
They say the scheduling of the committee executive sessions is a sign of that urgency.
Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said he hopes to have the full Senate vote on the bill around March 5th.
Democrats have proposed their own measure, which keeps the environmental protections.
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