Committees to vote on mining bill

CREATED Feb. 6, 2013

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The latest version of a bill designed to pave the way for a new iron ore mine to be opened in northern Wisconsin is scheduled to be voted on by a pair of legislative committees.

The measure is up for a vote Wednesday in committees in both the Senate and Assembly.

Republican lawmakers and Gov. Scott Walker are hoping to act quickly on the measure, which they say will improve the state's regulatory process and lead to the creation of hundreds of jobs at a new mining site near Lake Superior.

The bill's backers unveiled a series of changes on Monday they say include ideas from Democratic opponents and improve the proposal.

But Democratic critics say there are still not enough environmental protections.