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January 26, 2012
For Immediate Release
Contact Representative Jim Steineke (608)266-2418
Representative Steineke Votes in Favor of a Working Wisconsin
Madison: The Wisconsin Assembly voted on Assembly Bill 426, also known as the
Mining Bill. The bill modernizes current mining permitting regulations without reducing
or redefining environmental protections. Representative Steineke (R-Kaukauna) issued
the following statement regarding the vote:
“This bill allows for a mine that does not use dangerous chemicals, that does not weaken
environmental protections or diminish the DNR’s ability to enforce this state’s
commitment to conserving the natural beauty we enjoy here in Wisconsin.
“It creates 3,000 plus construction jobs at a time when construction jobs have been
brutalized by the economy. A mine will create over 2,800 long term jobs that pay an
annual average salary of $82,000 with benefits. Wisconsin families want those jobs and
we, as legislators, would be irresponsible to deny them these jobs.”
The bill passed the Assembly 59 - 36.