MADISON - Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says he thinks a bill overhauling Wisconsin's mining regulations will pass the Legislature by the end of the first week in March.
Vos said Thursday he supports the bill as it passed a committee vote on Wednesday. He says that doesn't mean he wouldn't support other changes, but he doesn't know what those would be.
The bill will first be taken up by the Republican-controlled Senate. Gov. Scott Walker and Republicans have been pushing to pass the bill quickly despite objections from Democrats that it will harm the environment and not provide the hundreds of jobs as promised.
Democrats are planning their own public hearing Saturday in northwestern Wisconsin because they say people who live near the mine haven't had a chance to be heard.
MERRILL - For 32 years Battalion Chief Mike Drury walked into the Merrill Fire Department ready to save lives. Friday he walked out of the department for the last time to start the new phase of his life. "It goes fast it goes really fast," said Drury. Drury was about 18 -years -old when he walked into the Merrill Fire Department for the first time. "When you're 18, 19,20 years old and you're looking at 50 something years old you think you're never going to get there," said Drury.
Drury is one of 184 firefighters to ever work full time with the city of Merrill. "As a firefighter they spend a lot of time at the fire house so they miss a lot of things," said Drury's daughter Cassi. After 32 years of missing birthdays, holidays and family time Drury was ready for a change.
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