After about nine hours of debate, Assembly representatives from Racine County and across the state voted along partisan lines to pass a bill easing the mining regulations process in Wisconsin.
Here’s how our local representatives voted, and why ...
Speaker of the Assembly Robin Vos, R-Rochester
Vote: In favor
“Mining is part of Wisconsin’s past and will now be part of Wisconsin’s future. I’m proud that the legislation we gave to the governor today will protect the environment and create ... thousands of good-paying jobs. Mining reform was one of our top priorities in the Assembly. I’m pleased that after robust debate and bipartisan input, the Assembly has accomplished one of its main goals for the spring session.”
Rep. Tom Weatherston, R-Caledonia
Vote: In favor
“Wisconsin needs jobs, and a new mine is expected to bring hundreds of good-paying jobs, not just in northern Wisconsin, but also here in southeast Wisconsin. This bill will lead to the creation of new jobs while still keeping strong environmental protections in place.”
Rep. Cory Mason, D-Racine
“This divisive open-pit mining bill is a great deal for one out-of-state mining company, but it is a raw deal for Wisconsin’s taxpayers.”
Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca, D-Kenosha
“Today, Assembly Republicans missed a golden opportunity for bipartisanship on mining. There was a bipartisan alternative on the table ... But Republicans refused to even consider any amendments. ... Instead, Republicans rejected testimony from the public and experts. Now the only mine we can be certain will open will be a gold mine for Republican lawyers who can get rich defending their flawed law. This mining bill again falls short of assuring job creation.”