MADISON - Republican leaders in the state Assembly say they'll probably vote on a contentious mining bill during the first week in March.
A spokesman for Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says leaders are aiming for March 6th.
The Legislature's budget committee is set to vote on the bill on Monday.
Approval would clear the way for full votes in both the state Senate and Assembly.
The Senate is expected to take up the bill on Wednesday.
Passage is all but certain. The GOP controls both houses and Republican Gov. Scott Walker backs the bill.
The proposal is designed to clear the regulatory path for a huge iron mine near Lake Superior. Democrats and conservationists say the bill will open the door to pollution that would ruin the pristine area.
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RHINELANDER - Thursday Rhinelander turned into the city of lights. The Light of the Northwoods kicked off its drive-through light show at Hodag Park today. "We never got to do anything like this when I was a kid," said volunteer Corey Passmore. However, Passmore's son will get the chance to experience a Christmas in a way his father was never able to. "As far as I can think back we've never had anything like this in Rhinelander," said Passmore. Months of preparation, hundreds of hours setting up, and more than a dozen creative minds helped create magic in Rhinelander. "Symbolizes an opportunity for community to come together," said YMCA of the Northwoods CEO Ryan Zietlow.
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