UPDATE: Wis. Assembly rep to retire

UPDATE: A Republican legislator who helped push a contentious mining bill through the Legislature has decided to retire.

Mark Honadel

UPDATED Tuesday, August 27, 2013 --- 3:50 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Republican legislator who helped push a contentious mining bill through the Legislature has decided to retire.

Rep. Mark Honadel of South Milwaukee says he plans to step down in mid-September. He tells The Associated Press he plans to re-enter the private sector but declined to elaborate, saying he plans to issue a press release in several weeks about his next job.

Honadel was elected to the Assembly in 2003. He was one of the lead sponsors of a bill that relaxed Wisconsin's mining standards to jump-start Gogebic Taconite's plans for a giant iron mine near Lake Superior.

A spokesman for Gov. Scott Walker says the governor will call a special election to fill Honadel's vacancy after he officially steps down.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted Tuesday, August 27, 2013 --- 3:14 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republican Assembly leaders say a lawmaker who helped push a contentious mining bill through the Legislature has decided to retire.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Assembly President Pro Tem Bill Kramer released statements Tuesday saying Republican Rep. Mark Honadel of South Milwaukee will retire. Kramer's statement said Honadel plans to leave the body by mid-September.

Neither offered any explanation. A message left at Honadel's state Capitol office wasn't immediately returned. Honadel told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he has a job opportunity lined up and will make a final announcement next month.

Honadel was elected to the Assembly in 2003. He was one of the lead sponsors of a bill that relaxed Wisconsin's mining standards to jump-start Gogebic Taconite's plans for a giant iron mine near Lake Superior.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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