Saw this story first at the Political Environment.
The following statement by State Sen. Tom Tiffany, (R-Hazelhurst) practically guarantees mining companies immunity from legal challenges on adverse environmental impacts.
Political Environment Excerpt:
"If the law is challenged and ends up in court, the judge needs to know it was the Legislature’s intent to allow adverse (environmental) impacts. That way, a judge can’t find fault if the environment is impacted.”
Kinda' flips the term "legislating from the bench" on its head into, "benching from the legislature." ...elections have consequences. Jaw-dropping consequences.
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