On UpFront Sunday, he told host Mike Gousha he's drafting his own legislation for consideration.
But with stronger control in the Assembly and Senate, Republicans will have an easier time passing their own bill.
Last session, new mining legislation failed by one Republican vote in the state senate.
"We have to cognizant of the fact there's a company out there that wants to make a $1.5 billion investment," Scott Manley said with Wisconsin Manufactures and Commerce. "And if we can't come up with some reforms that create an acceptable permitting process that has the speed and clarity and predictability that makes them comfortable making that investment we're never going to create these jobs."
But Democrats are worried about environmental protections.
"You've got to figure out at the end of the day when you dig up what is 20% of iron ore, and that's what they want, there's 80% that's not iron ore which they call overburden in the mining industry," Sen. Cullen said. "Where are you going to put that?"
A Republican-led bill is expected in January with strong support from Governor Walker.
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