State lawmakers failed twice Wednesday to add union protections to bills that would let employers reduce workers’ hours without resorting to layoffs.
A hearing on proposed legislation that would streamline the state’s mining laws drew at least 200 people to northern Wisconsin on Saturday, with most saying the measure would lead to devastating environmental damage.
Two days after the Nov. 6 election in which Republicans retained dominion in the state Assembly and regained control of the Senate, a GOP assemblyman interviewed in the state Capitol press room identified Job No. 1: “We bring a mining bill that Dale Schultz can’t stand in the way of.”
At least one new mining bill in January seems a certainty for Wisconsin. But its content and fate probably will depend on which party wins in November.
A committee working to recall a northern Wisconsin senator has suspended its efforts.
Conservatives launched recall efforts Monday against two state senators who opposed a bill that would have helped a Florida company open a huge iron mine in Wisconsin’s north woods, saying the duo cost the state jobs.
Gov. Scott Walker encouraged lawmakers Tuesday to break their impasse over legislation that would streamline the state’s mining permitting process, saying it should be possible to produce a bill that protects the environment while also giving mining companies enough incentive to bring jobs to the state.
Two Wisconsin state senators on Tuesday proposed a new approach to streamline the state’s mining permitting process, with the hopes of reaching a compromise before the legislative session ends next month.
Two Democratic legislators are planning to hold their own public hearing on a Republican bill that would rewrite Wisconsin’s iron mining statutes.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald has rejected two Democrats recommended for a new committee on Wisconsin mining regulations. Fitzgerald, a Juneau Republican, said Tuesday he is naming Democratic Sens. Bob Jauch of Poplar and Jim Holperin of Eagle River to the committee. Jauch was one of three Democrats recommended for the [...]