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Tue September 17, 2013
Not enough support for WI forest-blocking bill
MADISON, WI (AP)-- The author of a bill that would restrict public access to a northern Wisconsin mine site says he doesn't have the votes to pass it right now.
Senator Tom Tiffany, a Hazelhurst Republican, says the bill is meant to protect mine workers and regulators from protesters. Opponents counter the bill goes too far and punishes law-abiding hunters, hikers and anglers.
The bill was on the fast track but Republican Senate leaders chose not to include it on Tuesday's floor calendar.
Tiffany says members of his caucus want to ensure as much access as possible. He says he's trying to work out a compromise.