February 11, 2012 by Barbara With
On January 26, 2012, Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Pro Tem Rep. Bill Kramer (R-ALEC) ordered all observers removed from the gallery and behind locked doors conducted the passage of AB426, the ALEC-GTAC-authored ferrous mining bill. Despite a majority of opposition at both public hearings, stripping away all protections from air, water and people, removing contested case hearings, violating the Great Lakes Compact and Federal Treaty Rights, and putting the Bad River Indians at risk of genocide (among many other despicable aspects of the bill), the Republican fascists once again colluded to use their majority to do the bidding of their corporate sponsors: Cline Mines, GTAC, ALEC, Caterpiller, to name a few. At the same time, they violated Article IV, Section 10 of the Wisconsin Constitution that requires the doors of the legislator to remain open.
AB426 was passed illegally and should be considered null and void.