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A Note from Rep. Edming

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Thank you for taking the time to read my e-update.  It is hard to believe that it is already the beginning of September.  A new school year has begun and the legislature is gearing up for what is sure to be a busy fall floor period.  As always please feel free to contact my office to share your thoughts on issues before the legislature.  I look forward to hearing from you.


Mining for Rural Wisconsin

One of the legislative proposals that has received a lot of attention lately is legislation to reform Wisconsin's nonferrous mining laws, Senate Bill (SB) 395.


Mining is a big part of Wisconsin's history.  The miner on our state flag and our state's nickname the "Badger State" are both tributes to the importance of mining to the history of our state.  I believe that not only is mining an important part of our past but it can also play an important role in Wisconsin's future. I believe that if done right, reforming our state’s nonferrous mining laws could have a major positive economic impact on our state and provide a major boost to the economy of rural Wisconsin.


SB 395 reforms the application process for nonferrous mining while maintaining Wisconsin's current strong environmental standards.  Under the bill, there will continue to be significant public input in the application process.  This includes requiring the Department of Natural Resources to hold an informational hearing before it acts on a mining permit application and to take and consider public comments.

After carefully reviewing this proposal and talking with local officials and constituents, I decided to co-sponsor this legislation.  I did so because I believe that this proposal balances providing needed reforms to our state’s mining laws while also maintaining strong environmental protections.


As a lifelong resident of Rusk County I have seen first-hand the positive impacts a successful mining operation can have on a community.  The Flambeau Mine near Ladysmith, that operated during the 1990s, provided positive economic benefits that are still being felt today.  The revenue generated by the mine for local governments was used for various economic development projects that are still benefiting the area today.


Currently, many young people are leaving northern Wisconsin for better economic opportunities.  I support SB 395 because it makes needed reforms to our state’s mining laws that will make it possible for good paying mining jobs to again come to northern Wisconsin.  These jobs, as well as the other economic development that will occur surrounding any mining operation, will provide opportunities that incentivize our youth to stay and start their families here in northern Wisconsin.


As this bill moves through the legislative process I encourage you, my constituents, to reach out to me and share your ideas of how to make this good legislation even better.


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Giving Blood

Every so often, the American Red Cross hosts a blood drive in the rotunda of the State Capitol, and earlier this week I had the opportunity to donate blood during one of their drives. There is always a constant need for blood donors so I was pleased to help out.  The blood donated during the drive will be delivered to a Red Cross blood component laboratory where it is processed into its components. Through this process, a single blood donation can end up helping up to three people.


To be a part of this amazing process, check out the American Red Cross website for information on the donation process or how you can host a blood drive.


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Around the 87th

Honoring Retiring Sheriff Mark Kelsey

Last week, I joined Senator Petrowski in presenting retiring Sawyer County Sheriff Mark Kelsey with a legislative citation and flag in honor of his 38 years in law enforcement service. Sheriff Kelsey has made a big difference in the lives of many people in the community, and I wish him the best of luck in his retirement.

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Photo: Sawyer County Record

Back to School

Recently, I had a wonderful meeting with the Hayward Superintendent Craig Olson in advance of the school year.  In addition to the meeting, I also had the opportunity to tour the Intermediate School with Superintendent Olson and Principal Ronda Lee.

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New School Year & Great Goals

Best wishes to all the students, teachers and staff members as the new school year begins. With determination, hard work and devotion to education, kids can follow their dreams and achieve some incredible things, and maybe even become the President of the United States.

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Stay Up to Date

One of the best ways to stay up to date with what is going on in Madison is to sign up for the legislature's notification tracking service.  This service allows you to follow legislative activity in Madison.  Once you create a free account you can sign up to receive notifications about specific bills or committees as well as legislative activity pertaining to a subject area (i.e. agriculture, veterans).  You can sign up for this service at notify.legis.wisconsin.gov.