Republican lawmakers took their final steps toward lifting Wisconsin’s nearly 20-year ban on gold and silver mining on Tuesday, pushing a bill that would eliminate the prohibition through the state Senate and on to Gov. Scott Walker.

When asked about Governor Walker’s position on the legislation, his spokesman responded:

… “As the governor has said, if there’s any state in the country that should be able to conduct safe and environmentally sound mining, it should be the Badger State,” Evenson wrote….

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