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Assembly Republicans want to restrict public access to mining siteSubmitted: 06/18/2013
Assembly Republicans want to restrict public access to mining site
Story By The Associated Press

MADISON - Wisconsin Republicans want to make sure protestors don't interfere with the mining exploration project in Iron and Ashland counties.

Representative Mark Honadel is trying to persuade Republican leaders to limit public access to the mining sites.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said Monday the changes won't appear in the spending plan.

But he said Republican leaders are working on other options with the state Department of Natural Resources.

Vos said that could include a possible "emergency rule," but he didn't give any other details.

So far, mine protesters are accused of slashing tires, damaging equipment, destroying a geologist's camera and stealing her cellphone.

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