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Assembly gears up for mining fight

State Senator Bob Jauch, D-Poplar, argues that the chamber consider the adoption of an amended bill which would address mining in the state during a session at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison on Feb. 27. Assembly Republicans will begin to debate the mining bill Thursday. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, John Hart)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Assembly Republicans are preparing this week for what promises to be the last, brutal debate on their divisive mining bill.

Debate lasted nearly nine hours in the state Senate last week. That doesn’t bode well for Assembly Republicans who hope to pass the mining bill quickly. Two years ago minority Democrats used a 61-hour filibuster to delay the body’s vote on Gov. Scott Walker’s collective bargaining changes. They despise the mining bill, too, which almost certainly will translate to a long day.

Republican leaders plan to start the debate Thursday at 9 a.m., an almost unheard-of start time. They want to confine as much of the proceedings as possible to daylight hours.

Approval would send the bill on to Walker for his signature.

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