November 2, 2017

CONTACT: Rep. Jim Steineke

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Assembly Republicans Pass Transformative Mining Legislation


MADISON – This evening, Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna) and Assembly Republicans voted in favor of legislation to grow Wisconsin’s economy and bring family-supporting careers to Wisconsin. Assembly Bill 499 ending the moratorium on mining in Wisconsin passed the state Assembly on a vote of 53-38.

“This important bill will provide transformative opportunities for the state,” Rep. Steineke said. “The mining industry for many years was a huge part of our state’s economy. This evening’s vote is a significant step in reigniting that important part of Wisconsin’s heritage.”

The bill would end Wisconsin’s 20-year-old mining moratorium, allowing companies to apply for permits to once again mine for gold, silver, copper, zinc, and lead. These minerals are used in the manufacturing of many every-day items, such as cell phones, cars, and even wedding rings.

“Today’s vote opens the door to return an industry back to northern Wisconsin,” Rep. Steineke continued. “Bringing mining opportunities back to our state will help create family-supporting careers and help our economy continue to grow.”

The bill now heads to the state Senate for consideration before going to Governor Walker.