What is being called "responsible" iron ore mining legislation is back on the agenda for next month's Superior Days citizen lobbying session in Madison. Democratic state Senator Bob Jauch of Poplar says the discussion of mining this year is going to be different than the last year.
He hopes it'll deal with the options for a mine permitting process rather than the politics of mining. Jauch says this session the public will have two choices, "The public will have the opportunity to compare a bill written by and for a coal company in West Virginia or a bill that reforms and streamlines the process that was written by Senator Collin's bipartisan committee."
Cullen's committee had a Democratic majority, while last year's Assembly Mining Committee was led by Republicans. This session, Republicans are back in control.