State senate to take up mining bill

State senate to take up mining bill

By the WTMJ News Team. CREATED Jan 30, 2012

MADISON - The Wisconsin State Senate was expected to take up the controversial mining bill this week.

The Assembly passed the measure that would streamline the mining permit process.

The move is meant to help entice a Florida company to bring a mine to Iron County, Wis.

Republicans say the bill creates jobs, while Democrats cite environmental concerns.

Authorities escorted protesters out of the Assembly chambers during Thursday's vote.