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Wis. GOP promises mining reform will be first bill

Published On: Jan 30 2013 11:42:43 AM CST
Updated On: Jan 02 2013 02:53:34 PM CST
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -

Assembly Republican leaders say the first bill they'll introduce this session will reform Wisconsin's mining laws.

Speaker Robin Vos and Majority Leader Scott Suder released a statement Wednesday calling the bill a top priority. They said the measure will help create thousands of jobs but didn't offer any details on what changes the bill might make.

Suder said in an interview Republicans are using a version of a mining reform bill the Legislature's budget committee approved last March as a starting point but discussions are ongoing.

Vos and Suder's announcement came as Republican Gov. Scott Walker hit the road to stump for mining reform at state businesses.

The GOP has been working for the last year to help Gogebic Taconite open a huge iron mine near Lake Superior.

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