- A Republican state senator from Hazelhurst defends his proposal to scale back the authority of local governments over sand mines.
Tom Tiffany spoke in front of a senate committee yesterday.
His bill would prohibit locals from regulating sand mines under their so-called police powers.
It would also 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.
Tiffany told the senate committee he believes the bill will create regulatory uniformity.
He says now, the mining industry is dealing with hundreds of what he called "mini-Departments of Natural Resources".
Senator Bob Jauch, a Poplar Democrat, told Tiffany the bill guts local control.
The committee isn't expected to vote on the bill.
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