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New bills seek change to mine inspector law


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LANSING — Gogebic County and other Upper Peninsula counties without active iron or copper mines for decades have had difficulty finding qualified candidates for elected mining inspectors. Legislation introduced to the Michigan Legislature would revise those requirements to help ensure safety and accountability, according to a Friday announcement.

Senate Bill 1121 sponsor Sen. Ed McBroom, R-Waucedah Township, and House Bill 6240 sponsor Rep. Greg Markkanen, R-Hancock, are seeking to remove a state requirement that mining inspectors have at l...