Wisconsin State Assembly Passes Senate Bill One 58-39

By KBJR News 1

March 7, 2013 Updated Mar 7, 2013 at 9:29 PM CST

Madision, WI (NNCNOW.com) - After a long debate Thursday on whether or not to pass Senate Bill One, which reforms mine permitting in the state.

Wisconsin State Assembly approved it 58 to 39.

The bill now goes to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walkers desk to be signed into law.

Last week, the Wisconsin Mining Bill narrowly passed the State Senate in a 17 to 16 vote.

The bill creates new statues for regulating iron mining and modifies current mining regulations.

The approval of the bill will set the wheels in motion for a proposed Iron Ore Mine in the Penokee Range near Mellen Wisconsin.

People who oppose the measure say the new regulations could result in harm to the environment, more specifically water resources.

However, supporters say a mine will bring much needed jobs to Northwest Wisconsin which will create a ripple effect throughout the State.

Ashland Mayor Bill Whalen says even thought the bill passed, Native Tribes will continue to fight it.

"I can see this going on for many years really... It may be five or six years before...it depends on how long the attorneys can keep it tied up in court because they are definitely going to challenge it, there is no doubt about that," said Whalen.

Many of the Tribes in the area are against the mine, saying it will contaminate the water basin.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has been pushing for the bill's approval calling it the "Mining for Jobs" bill. He says the state will benefit from the thousands of jobs this mine will create over the next few years.

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