Governor Scott Walker will officially sign controversial mining legislation into law this afternoon, during a ceremony in Rhinelander.
The legislation, which was given final approval in the state Assembly last week, streamlines the permitting process for iron ore mining in Wisconsin. Supporters claim it will bring a massive economic investment to the state that could create thousands of jobs, but critics contend it weakens environmental protections.
Even after Walker signs the bill, it could be awhile before it’s actually put to use. Tribal officials and environmental groups have already indicated they plan to challenge the law in court.
Walker will also hold a ceremonial signing of the bill this afternoon in Milwaukee.