MADISON, Wis. (AP) -

Wisconsin Republicans are looking to curtail public access to an iron mine site in far northwestern Wisconsin in hopes of stopping protesters from interfering with the project.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Rep. Mark Honadel is trying to persuade Republican leaders to make changes in the state budget limiting access. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, a Burlington Republican, told reporters Tuesday the changes won't appear in the spending plan and Republican leaders are working on other options with the state Department of Natural Resources, including a possible emergency rule. He did not elaborate on the details.

Authorities say mine protesters last week slashed tires, damaged equipment, destroyed a geologist's camera and stole her cellphone.