January 22, 2013


Statement From Senate Democratic Leader Larson on Introduction of Alternative Mining Legislation


MADISON The following is a statement from Senate Democratic Leader Chris Larson on today's announcement of mining reform legislation.


"Today, Senators Cullen and Schultz took an important first step toward bipartisan cooperation in the Senate. Working together, they produced a smarter, cleaner, locally focused bill that takes into account more than 20 hours of testimony from industry experts, federal and state regulators, and environmental advocates. This is the only bipartisan legislation that protects current environmental standards, works with the Army Corps of Engineers in a joint permit process with the DNR, and send 100% of mining tax revenue to the area impacted by current proposed and future iron mining. This is the common sense legislation Wisconsin's middle class families demand."