Wis. Senate set to vote on mining bill

CREATED Feb 27, 2013

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Senate is poised to vote on a Republican bill that would rework Wisconsin's mining regulations.

The Senate is scheduled to take up the proposal during a floor session Wednesday morning. Republicans control the chamber, making passage all but certain.

The state Assembly is expected to take up the bill next week. Republicans control that house as well. Approval there will send the bill to GOP Gov. Scott Walker for his signature.

The bill is designed to ease the regulatory path for a giant iron mine just south of Lake Superior. Republicans maintain the mine would create hundreds of jobs. Democrats and environmentalists say the bill is a corporate give-away and the mine will pollute the pristine region.