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GOP will hold mining hearing in north

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Republicans will hold a hearing on a contentious mining bill in northern Wisconsin after all.

The bill streamlines the state’s complex mine permitting process. The GOP hopes the bill will kick-start plans for an iron mine just south of Lake Superior.

The Assembly jobs committee’s chairwoman, Rep. Mary Williams, was criticized last month for holding a hearing in West Allis, a Milwaukee suburb hundreds of miles from the mine site. She has now decided to hold a hearing at a motel in Hurley on Wednesday, Jan. 11.

Williams aide Charlie Bellin said his boss thought a Senate mining committee would hold a northern hearing but nothing has emerged from that panel. He said she heard enough outrage over the West Allis site she decided a northern hearing was justified.

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