Gov. Scott Walker is poised to finally sign a bill that relaxes Wisconsin's mining regulations into law.
Walker is scheduled to sign the bill early Monday afternoon at Oldenburg Group Inc., a mining equipment manufacturer in Rhinelander. He also plans a ceremonial signing in Milwaukee later in the day.
The signing will put the finishing touch on a major victory for Walker and his fellow Republicans. They've been working for the better part of two years to craft a bill to help Gogebic Taconite open a huge iron mine near Lake Superior.
Conservationists contend the mine would pollute the pristine region, but Republicans maintain the mine would create thousands of jobs. Walker has embraced the project as one of his top job creation efforts.