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'Mill Bill' clears Assembly

Ben Meyer/WXPR

The second version of the 'Mill Bill' passed near-unanimously in the Assembly Thursday.

The bill would seek to provide state funding to help the purchase of paper mills in Wisconsin Rapids and Park Falls.

The mills are not currently running.

Members of the Assembly passed the bill on a 96-2 vote, with two members absent.

The bill now goes on to the Senate.

A previous version of the bill was vetoed by the Governor because it specified funds from the American Recovery Act be used.

Governor Evers was concerned that would not be allowed, since the mills were struggling before the COVID-19 pandemic was underway.

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