Madison, WI (NNCNOW.com) - Wisconsin Republicans and Democrats are moving closer to agreeing upon a mining bill for the states.
Republicans introduced amendments on Monday that incorporate changes from both sides of the aisle.
Republicans say the revised bill will protect the environment and bring thousands of jobs to the state.
"We’re setting a higher standard for the DNR when issuing a permit; we’re requiring a long-range look at the proposed mining region 250 years into the future; and we’re giving the Army Corps of Engineers added input with the timeline," said Rep. Robin Vos (R - Rochester) in a statement."
Democrats are cautious looking forward, saying the legislation sets an unrealistic timeline and giving too much power to the mining the companies throughout the permitting process.
"It still sets an unrealistic timeline, it still gives too much power over the process to the mining company, it still contains provisions that weaken environmental protections and it still short-changes Wisconsin taxpayers," said Sen. Bob Jauch (D-Poplar).
A bi-partisan group of legislators will be visit Northern Wisconsin on Friday and Saturday to discuss the mining legislation with local officials, tribal leaders and residents.