Wisconsin Senator Rejects Mining Compromise

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state senator who holds the key swing vote on a bill that would overhaul Wisconsin's iron mine permitting process has rejected a compromise measure from his fellow Republicans.

Assembly Republicans have passed a bill overhauling the process in January to help jumpstart a northwestern Wisconsin iron mine. The measure has stalled in the Senate, though. Republicans hold only a one-vote majority and Sen. Dale Schultz, a Richland Center Republican, says he won't vote for the bill.

Assembly Republicans offered Schultz more than a dozen changes to the original legislation on Wednesday. But Schultz called a press conference to say he can't support them either.

It's unclear whether the mining proposal is dead. The legislative session ends in mid-March, but Schultz said he's still willing to talk with Assembly Republicans.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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