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April 12, 2019
Wisconsin's 12th Senate District contains communities in Florence, Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Oneida, Shawano, and Vilas Counties.

Committee Assignments:
  • Joint Committee on Finance
  • Sporting Heritage, Mining, and Forestry Committee (Chair)
  • Elections, Ethics, and Rural Issues (Vice-Chair)
  • Local Government, Small Business, Tourism and Workforce Development
  • Joint Survey Committee on Tax Exemptions
Senate Floor Session

This week, both the Assembly and the Senate were in session to pass resolutions and legislation. The Senate passed several resolutions including naming April as Donate Life Month in Wisconsin, celebrating the UW-Oshkosh men's basketball team winning the NCAA Division III championship, congratulating the UW-Madison women's hockey team for winning the national championship, proclaiming April as Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month, honoring UW-Madison band director Michael Leckrone, and proclaiming April 28th as Workers' Memorial Day in Wisconsin.

We also passed a few pieces of legislation. This included legislation to name a highway interchange in Winnebago County after former State Senator Mike Ellis who represented the Fox Valley area and passed away last summer. We also passed a bill I cosponsored to remove the phrase "mental retardation" from the state's administrative code and replace it with the phrase "intellectual disability." We passed a bill similar to this one that removed the phrase from all state statute, and this one simply does the same thing to the administrative code. 
State of the Tribes

Oneida Nation Chairman Tehassi Hill delivered the annual Wisconsin State of the Tribes address on Tuesday. The State of the Tribes is an address given by a representative from one of the eleven federally recognized Native American Tribes to members of the state legislature. It was the 15th annual address and it highlighted the current state of Tribal governments in Wisconsin as well as some of the work of the 2018 State-Tribal Relations Committee that focused on updating Wisconsin Native American education statutes.

If you are interested in watching the 2019 State of the Tribes, you can view it here
Oneida Nation Chairman Tehassi Hill delivering the State of the Tribes
Budget Listening Session

This week, the Joint Finance Committee held a budget listening session in Oak Creek. A lot of people attended to share their thoughts on the Governor's proposed budget. The next public budget hearing will be April 15th at UW-River Falls.

If you like to attend, the public hearing will be at the University Center - Riverview Ballroom #260, 500 Wild Rose Avenue. The public hearing will be from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Budget comments are still welcome at BudgetComments@legis.wisconsin.gov.
Members of the Joint Finance Committee in Oak Creek
The crowd in Oak Creek
Listening Sessions With Rep. Felzkowski
 
Representative Mary Felzkowski will be hosting listening sessions to gather feedback while the budget is being developed. I will be joining her in Hamburg on April 22nd. Details are below.
 
Dates and times for additional Rep. Felzkowski listening sessions:
 
Saturday, May 4th: 8:30am-10:00am – Antigo City Hall
Saturday, May 4th: 11:00am-12:30pm – Merrill City Hall
Saturday, May 4th: 1:30pm-3:00pm – Tomahawk City Hall
Monday, May 6th: 5:30pm-7:00pm – Elcho High School
Women's Suffrage Exhibit
 
In the State Capitol Rotunda, the Wisconsin Historical Society has put up a large paneled exhibit titled, "The Women's Hour Has Struck, Wisconsin: The First State to Ratify the 19th Amendment."

The exhibit highlights the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment which gave women the right to vote. It features images and copies of documents from the Historical Society's collection. It explores the origins of the movement, a suffrage timeline, the 1912 referendum, Wisconsin’s role in the ratification, how the 19th amendment was passed, important Wisconsin women to the suffrage moment, and the impact after passage. 

The struggle for Women’s suffrage in Wisconsin lasted for over 70 years. Throughout those decades, Wisconsin legislatures introduced dozens of bills that would have granted state and local voting rights to women, but the bills needed to pass two consecutive legislatures before being submitted to the people of Wisconsin as a referendum.

After decades of activism, in 1919, the United States Congress finally passed a proposal to amend the Constitution and grant women the right to vote in federal elections. As with all amendments, it needed to be ratified by 36 states in order to be approved. From that day on, suffrage supporters in each state had to petition their state legislatures to approve the amendment.

On June 10, 1919, Wisconsin legislators voted to ratify the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which would give women the right to vote. On June 13, Wisconsin Senator David James of Richland Center reported to the proper bureau in Washington, DC, to file Wisconsin’s ratification documents making Wisconsin the first state to ratify the 19th Amendment.

The exhibit is part of a larger celebration that will happen on June 10, 2019, the exact date 100 years ago that the state assembly passed the resolution. The celebration in June will include the original 19th amendment document on display as well as speakers, other artifacts and objects on display, and more.

The exhibit will be up until it is replaced with the Capitol Christmas tree in November.
Senator Tiffany in front of the Women's suffrage exhibit.
 
On Thursday, Governor Evers issued an executive order to create a committee to celebrate the centennial anniversary of Wisconsin's ratification of the 19th Amendment. The committee will be tasked with the following duties:
  • Educating the public on Wisconsin's role in the fight for women's suffrage and the right to vote and celebrating our state being the first to ratify the 19th Amendment; 
  • Planning and preparing educational activities and toolkits for kids and teachers across Wisconsin;
  • Engaging the public in this celebrating and coordinating events across Wisconsin; and
  • Ensuring that the education, events, and celebration of Wisconsin ratifying the 19th Amendment acknowledges that the 19th Amendment did not guarantee the right for all women to vote. 
The Governor's wife, First Lady Kathy Evers, will serve as the Chairwoman.
Lincoln Hills Investigation Closed
 
Late this afternoon, the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin announced that the four-year federal investigation into alleged civil rights violations at Lincoln Hills School has been closed. The investigation found insufficient evidence to prove that civil rights violations had occurred. You can read the statement from the U.S. attorney here.
Supreme Court Recount Update
 
Last week, I gave a brief refresher on the recount process after Judge Lisa Neubauer's campaign indicated it may ask for a recount in the Supreme Court race. This week, Judge Neubauer officially conceded and Judge Brian Hagedorn will be our newest Supreme Court justice. A recount will not take place.
CWD Presentation
 
Whitetails of Wisconsin will have Dr. Nicholas Haley presenting his research on the CWD resistance in deer at their meeting on Saturday, April 13th  at 1:00 p.m.  His presentation will be live for all to view at the following link: 

  https://www.dvauction.com/events/88530
District 12 Events
Start Date Upcoming Event Location
April 14 13th Annual Goodman-Armstrong Creek PTO Smelt Fry Goodman
April 14 Post 44 Gunless Poultry Shoot Lakewood
April 14 Lion's Club Pancake Breakfast Gleason
April 16 Beecher-Dunbar-Pembine Little League Pancake Breakfast Pembine
April 20 Lion's Club Easter Egg Hunt Three Lakes
April 20 Hops and Vines Beer and Wine Tasting Rhinelander
April 20 Children's Easter Egg Hunt Lakewood
April 20 Phelps Easter Egg Hunt Phelps
April 26 Veterans Benefits Expo Rhinelander
April 26-28 Central Wisconsin Concertina Festival Merrill
April 27 Lions 40th Annual Live Lobster or Prime Rib Dinner Presque Isle
April 27 Friends of NRA Banquet Rhinelander
April 28 St. Germain Fire Department Fish Fry St. Germain
May 4 Colors of Cancer 5K Crandon
May 4 Old Fashioned Plow Day Antigo
May 4 Martinis in May St. Germain
May 5 Lions Pancake Breakfast and Blood Drive Gleason
May 10 - 11 Journeys Marathon Eagle River
May 10 - 11 D&D Theater Free Performance of "A Grand Night of Murder and Mischief" Presque Isle
May 10 - 11 Spring Fling Art & Wine Walk Tomahawk
May 11 The Bear 100 Bike Race Laona
May 18 Oconto County Youth Fair Steak Fry Gillett
May 18 White Deer Triathlon Boulder Junction
May 19 Amoterra's Wellness Fair Townsend
May 25 Red, White and Music Fest in Crivitz Crivitz
May 25 Dash O.F. Color Run/Walk Oconto Falls
May 25 Manitowish Waters Boat & Car Show Manitowish Waters
May 25 Summer Launch in Land O'Lakes Land O'Lakes
May 26 McCaslin Lioness Faire Lakewood
May 26 Hazelhurst Lions Pancake Breakfast Hazelhurst
May 31 YMCA of the Northwoods: Denim and Diamonds Rhinelander
Contact Me:
Mail: Senator Tom Tiffany, PO Box 7882, Madison, WI, 53707
Phone: (608) 266-2509  Fax: (608) 282-3552
Email: sen.tiffany@legis.wisconsin.gov
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