State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.
After two years, hours of public testimony and legislative debate, the mining bill Is approved. During a session lasting nine and one-half hours Senate Bill 1 (SB 1) was approved by a majority of the Assembly, 59 to 38.
The Mining Bill allows companies applying to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), a clear path to a permit after demonstrating that mining activity will not harm the environment. The Mining Bill sets defined parameters and timelines for the DNR to evaluate permits and give applicants a response. The bill guarantees that the environment will not be harmed by ensuring an applicant engages in mitigation that improves the watershed.
This clear, thorough, and environmentally sound permitting process will be a lifeline for many families within Wisconsin. Mining has a rich history in our state. We will honor that history by allowing a future for mining. We do not have to choose between our environment and jobs.
Tonight, mining is one signature away from making a comeback here in Wisconsin. Governor Walker anticipates signing the bill early next week after he and his staff conduct a final review of the bill.