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Mining Ban Lifted on Gold and Silver in Wisconsin

Gov. Walker Signed Bill Today

MADISON, Wis.-Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill lifting Wisconsin’s moratorium on gold and silver mining. Walker voted to impose the moratorium when he was in the state Assembly in 1998. He signed the Republican legislation Monday anyway. His spokesman, Tom Evenson, has said Walker believes mining can be done without harming the environment. Under current state law, sulfide mining…

Wisconsin Legislatures Trying to Renew Sulfide Mining in State

Full State Senate Still Has to Vote on the Bill

MADISON, Wis.-A legislative committee has approved a Republican bill that would end Wisconsin’s sulfide mining moratorium. The Senate Committee on Sporting Heritage, Mining and Forestry voted 3-2 to approve the bill Wednesday. All three Republicans on the committee voted for the bill. The two Democrats voted against it. Committee approval sets up a full Senate vote. Wisconsin lawmakers enacted legislation…