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Lawmakers to Dig into Mining Bill QuicklySubmitted: 01/08/2013
MADISON - Republican leaders in the legislature want to move quickly on mine legislation.

Wisconsin Senate Majority leader Scott Fitzgerald expects a March vote on a bill to overhaul state mining regulations.

Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said Monday that he thinks a bill will be introduced late next week.

Public hearings would follow later this month.

Vos did not say if hearings would be held in northern Wisconsin near Lake Superior where an iron ore mine is proposed.

Vos says he expects a vote on the bill in the spring.

Fitzgerald, a Juneau Republican, didn't offer any specifics about what would be in the bill.

He and Vos spoke about it at separate news conferences.

Fitzgerald says it's going to be difficult to ever get northwestern Wisconsin's American Indian tribes on board, and that the bill will face inevitable court challenges.

(Copyright 2013 Associated Press - All Rights Reserved)


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