A few words over at Purple Wisconsin on the subject:
Given the new Democratic majority in the State Senate, and Republican Senator Dale Schultz's previous opposition, anything resembling the measure that earned its rightful deposit in the bad-bill shredder will go nowhere this year.
You will remember that the Assembly bill was written in secret with iron mine people at the table, while conservationists were not allowed through the door.
And the Ojibwe Bad River Band whose reservation, water and food supply are close to and down river from the proposed mine site near Ashland were also kept from the bill-drafting process, ignoring their unique perspective, legal rights and cultural risks.
And that an alternative measure produced by a select Senate committee was killed, along with the committee itself, by the legislative leader who appointed the committee and gave it a mission - - Senate Republican Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald.
Who then ignored scientific testimony about the proposed mine's public health threat - - "billions of gallons of sulphuric acid produced" - - as Fitzgerald pushed the bill to its 17-16 defeat.
You might want to read an interview with Schultz about how bad the original bill really was.
So: a compromise on that bill is the wrong way to go.
It's dead. Don't exhume it.
Begin an entirely honest, open, science-based and inclusive discussion with all parties on an equal footing: mining proponents, mining opponents - - and the Bad River Band, whose proximity to the proposed mine site, and sovereign, treaty-protected tribal status must be acknowledged and respected.
Not as a compromise with, or of anything, but as a validation of reality.
And start with the existing law, which has worked well balancing all geographic, economic and intrinsic interests, including the State of Wisconsin Constitutions's water-quality Public Trust Doctrine, and work from there.