The Senate this evening signed off on the GOP sulfide mining bill, sending it to Gov. Scott Walker's desk.
The bill passed on a 19-14 vote, containing a key amendment the Assembly OK'd last week that won the support of enough GOP senators to pass it tonight.
Meanwhile, all Dems and Sen. Rob Cowles, R-Green Bay, voted against it.
Under current law, companies seeking a sulfide mining permit must prove they operated for 10 years and were closed for 10 years without polluting groundwater or surface water. The bill would remove those requirements.
Dems today argued the law currently on the books --...