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Our View: Mining issues must include local governments

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There is a bill (SB 349) in Madison that could impact the control held by local governments. Two Republican state lawmakers -- Sen. Tom Tiffany, Hazelhurst, and Rep. Joan Ballweg, Markesan -- have introduced a bill that would curtail local governments’ ability to set limits on nonmetallic mining -- more specifically, frac-sand mining. Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos was hardly more reassuring, saying it’s a good bill but there’s no time to get it passed until spring.

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