MADISON (WKOW) -- The Government Accountability Board released numbers today showing lobbyists spent a little more than $17 million in Wisconsin during the first half of this year, a 28 percent drop from 2011.
The number of hours also dropped 25 percent.
Bills making it easier to open an iron ore mine in the Penokee Hills were the most heavily lobbied legislation, not including the state budget, in the first six months of 2013. The GAB says lobbyists spent 3,578 hours working on the bills, more than 27 hours for each lawmaker.
There was also a budget debate during the first half of 2011 but that year Wisconsin was the center of a national battle over union rights because of Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to cut union rights for public workers.
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