Assembly Passes Mining Bill: Are Votes There in the Senate?

The State Assembly Thursday on a 53-38 vote approved a bill that would allow gold and copper mining in Wisconsin again. But securing votes in the senate for an expected vote next week in support of repealing Wisconsin’s mining moratorium is proving to be difficult, even with the support of mining experts who say the bill is […]

Sen. Tom Tiffany Defends “Homeowner’s Bill of Rights”

State Senator Tom Tiffany on Friday attempted to separate liberal myth from the reality of the “Homeowner’s Bill of Rights” he co-sponsored with Rep. Adam Jarchow. While some websites like urbanmilwaukee.com claim this initiative is scheming to take power away from local governments, the bill has measures in place that protect homeowners and keep local control. Media […]

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Mining Opponents Hit the Road with Media Tour

With time ticking away before the state legislature is set to take up SB 395; a bill which would lift the Wisconsin moratorium on sulfide mining, environmental groups are pulling out all the stops to kill the bill before it goes to the floor for a vote. According to the bill’s lead author, state Senator Tom […]

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Cowles Not Yet On Board With Lifting Mining Moratorium

A source familiar with the situation tells Media Trackers that supporters of lifting Wisconsin’s mining moratorium are concerned that Republican State Senator Rob Cowles of the Green Bay area may not support the bill. Cowles tells Media Trackers he has not made a final decision but needs to know the bill will protect water quality […]

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The Anti-Mining Hysteria Begins

The environmental left has wasted little time in launching hyperbole at a proposed repeal of Wisconsin’s metallic mineral mining moratorium. Republican Senator Tom Tiffany and Representative Rob Hutton on Thursday introduced a bill repealing the moratorium. on Friday The Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters issued a news release titled “Tiffany’s Industrial Acid Mining Bill is […]

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Tiffany: Ending Mining Moratorium Could Transform WI Economy

One of the sponsors of a bill to end Wisconsin’s moratorium on metallic mineral mining says the move could help transform the state’s economy. As Media Trackers reported Thursday, State Senator Tom Tiffany and Representative Rob Hutton have introduced a bill that would repeal the existing prohibition on issuing sulfide ore mining permits. Tiffany told Media […]

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Lawmakers Propose Repealing Metallic Mineral Mining Ban

Two Republican lawmakers have introduced a bill to lift Wisconsin’s longstanding moratorium on metallic mineral mining. The bill by State Senator Tom Tiffany and Representative Rob Hutton repeals the existing prohibition on issuing sulfide ore mining permits. Current law prohibits the DNR from issuing any permits for the purpose of mining a sulfide ore body until […]