Walker considers special session to pass mining bill
Gov. Walker with Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Charlie Sykes. | Photo: J. Pat Miller
MILWAUKEE - Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker suggests he's considering calling a special session to pass a controversial bill to streamline the state's mine permitting process.
"I'll call a special session...if there's jobs on the table, and if people are serious about bringing jobs back to the state. I'll call a special session at any time, at any day, at any hour as long as it's truly about creating jobs in the state of Wisconsin," said Walker on Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Insight with Charlie Sykes."
"I'm not going to give up until we take it as far as possible, not because of the political win, but because there are too many people in this state who are looking for work, who deserve the chance to have the opportunity for these jobs."
Lawmakers on the Senate Judiciary Committee were to meet Monday in Madison to discuss further action on a mining bill.
Walker still claimed that there could still be a political cost to pay for the 17 senators (16 Democrats and Richland Center Republican Dale Schultz) who voted against the bill
"I think a lot of those senators, at least three or four of them, are prime suspects for people in their district to say, 'You promised us there would be a fallback. There isn't, so figure out a way to get this figured out.' "
The Governor says he thinks one state senator may still change their mind and vote for the bill.
It's unclear if that would even make a difference, because the company that was planning the mine says it's pulling out.