MADISON - Wisconsin's legislative Republicans said they wanted to work with Democrats in writing the newest mining bill.
Monday, they said they've compromised on many big concerns from Democrats.
GOP leaders in both the Senate and Assembly introduced amendments to the propsed mining bill.
They're confident the changes will strengthen environmental protections even more.
"Two things have to be preserved. One is Wisconsin's high environmental standards, regulations, and limitations. This is a work that's been ongoing for decades here in Wisconsin. We're very proud of our environmental heritage here in the state. But also that there be certainty for an applicant, that they're going to get an answer," said Hazelhurst Republican Sen. Tom Tiffany.
One major change forces the state DNR to communicate with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The Corps had voiced concerns about the quickened permitting timeline proposed in the bill.
Democratic Senator Tim Cullen introduced his own mining legislation last week.
He said Monday that the Republican changes made the proposal slightly better, but there was a long way to go.
The new amendments will be officially introduced and voted on Wednesday.
MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker has selected a former legislator to run the state Department of Natural Resources.
Walker's office announced Monday that he has chosen former Republican state Rep. Dan Meyer to serve as DNR secretary. He replaces Cathy Stepp, who resigned in August to take a position in President Donald Trump's administration.
RHINELANDER - A large open lot on Rhinelander's east side could soon fill in with a chain restaurant.
Cory Moritz-Hoffmann and her husband hope to build a Pizza Ranch next to Kwik Trip on Eisenhower Parkway. The pair of former Pine Lake firefighters got the idea about six years ago when they first went to a Pizza Ranch in Iowa.
They considered pursing a franchise then, but it was more than they could afford at the time. About two years ago, the Hoffmanns contacted an investor and saw an opportunity to turn their dream into a reality.
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