A legislative committee is scheduled to hold a public hearing on a Republican bill that would scale back local governments' authority to regulate sand mines.
Sen. Tom Tiffany's proposal would prohibit locals from regulating sand mines under so-called police powers as well as ban them from regulating blasting and collecting advance fees for road damage. The locals could still impose regulations under their zoning authority, however.
The Senate mining committee is set to hold the meeting Thursday morning. Tiffany serves as the panel's chairman.