Add a bus-load of Wisconsin residents from Northern Wisconsin around noon to the standing-room only crowd at the 10:00 A.M. Assembly mining bill hearing at State Fair Park today.
They made a strong statement in various ways:
I'll add more photos later.
The State Fair staffer at the facility front desk said he'd put out 370 chairs, so with standees and the bus passengers, I'd put noon-time attendance at about 425, with a handful walking in or out of the building at any one time.
Heard some justifiable unhappiness with procedures established by the committee. Fifteen speakers chosen in advance could go to the head of the line, so at three minutes apiece, plus the time to introduce everyone, etc., a woman with a speaker number in the 120's at noon said she wasn't going to stick and around to talk.
Combine that with prior campaign donations and bill-drafting input by the mining companies, and the Senate holding its companion hearing at the same time - - but in Madison - - and neither held up North, you can see why these hearings have sham written all over them.