August 10, 2018
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)
  • Agriculture, Small Business, and Tourism Committee (Vice-Chair)
  • Revenue, Financial Institutions, and Rural Issues Committee
  • Joint Survey Committee on Tax Exemptions
Hodags on the Museum

Recently, the Wisconsin Historical Society included a tribute to the Northwoods on the side of the Historical Museum in Madison. Take a look!
Visitors posing as Hodags outside the Historical Museum
That's right. Now, visitors can pose as a Hodag outside the museum and take a fun picture. There is also a sign explaining what a Hodag is and a little bit of the lore as well. Visitors are encouraged to share their photos on social media with the hashtag #HodagMadison.  
Hodag claws and horns
CWD Public Meeting Set 

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff, along with Lincoln, Oneida, and Langlade County Deer Advisory Councils will host a public meeting Wednesday, Aug. 15 to discuss testing and surveillance in response to the discovery of chronic wasting disease in wild deer in northeast Lincoln County, and south-central Oneida County.

The meeting will detail CWD collection sites as well as voluntary surveillance permits used to acquire tissue samples for CWD testing. These permits will be issued in an area surrounding the location where a wild deer tested positive for CWD in the fall of 2017 and spring of 2018.

The meeting will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Tomahawk High School, Auditorium, 1048 E. King Road, Tomahawk. DNR staff will be attendance to provide information regarding these surveillance permits.

For more information regarding CWD in Wisconsin, visit and search keyword "CWD."
Alicia's Law In Action

Attorney General Brad Schimel announced yesterday that the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force arrested convicted felon Ryan A. Frederick of Eagle River for allegedly possessing child pornography and possession of a firearm. Frederick was charged on August 8 in Vilas County with ten counts of possession of child pornography and two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon. The ICAC Task Force was assisted by the Vilas County Sheriff’s Office and Eagle River Police Department. 

The speed of this investigation would not have been possible without Alicia’s Law, legislation authored by Senator Van Wanggaard and Representative Joel Kleefisch and passed by the Wisconsin State Legislature last session. Alicia’s Law created an administrative subpoena process that expedites the procedure for finding the location of suspected internet sex predators and provides additional funding to the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) program.

A suspect is innocent until proven guilty.

For more information on ICAC and how to protect children online, go to:
Student or Not, You Have Rights as a Tenant

 Moving into or out of a rental property can be a complicated process, and knowing that there is a security deposit on the line can make matters more stressful. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) offers a number of tips to help renters understand their rights and responsibilities when entering or leaving a rental agreement.

The simplest way to start learning about your rights as a tenant is to download a free copy of DATCP's "Tenants' Rights and Responsibilities" fact sheet. This document addresses a wide range of rental-related topics including security deposits, rent increases, evictions, property maintenance, and more.

DATCP receives more than 1,000 landlord/tenant complaints each year, with most consumer grievances involving security deposits. So whether you are moving into or out of a rental property, consider the following tips to protect your deposit:

Move-in tips:
  • Complete a check-in sheet when you get the keys. If your lease requires a security deposit, you have seven days from the first rental date to complete a check-in report that notes pre-existing conditions. If you fail to return a check-in sheet within seven days, you may be giving up your right to contest some security deposit withholdings for pre-existing conditions. Take photos (or videos) of any damages, submit copies of the photos to your landlord with the report, and keep a copy of all of these materials for yourself.
  • At the start of a tenancy, the landlord must provide you with the name and address of a person who can be readily contacted regarding maintenance problems. But unless otherwise agreed, tenants are usually responsible for routine minor repairs and are required to comply with any maintenance and sanitation requirements imposed on tenants by local housing codes.
Move-out tips:
  • Ask your landlord for a preliminary walkthrough before your final checkout. This will give you a chance to assess what needs special attention for cleaning or repairs in order to avoid potential security deposit deductions.
  • Be sure to provide your new address in order to receive your security deposit promptly. (If you are moving out at the end of your lease, the landlord must return your security deposit, less any amounts that may be withheld, within 21 days after you move out.
  • Take detailed photos of the property during your final walkthrough in order to document the condition in which you left it.
If you have issues regarding your security deposit or questions about your rights as a tenant, contact the Consumer Protection Hotline at 800-422-7128 or via email: You can also find resource materials and file a complaint online at Finally, look for rental assistance organizations in your area and find out if they offer walk-in services to discuss any issues you may face.

For additional consumer protection information, visit the Consumer Protection Bureau at or find us at or on Twitter: @wiconsumer.
District 12 Events
Start Date Upcoming Event Location
August 9 - 12 Vilas County Fair Eagle River
August 9-11 MC Country Music Fest Gleason
August 10-12 62nd Annual Musky Jamboree Boulder Junction
August 10-11 Central Wisocnsin Military Show Aniwa
August 10-12 Northwoods Triple Crown Antigo
August 11 Antigo Tater Trot Antigo
August 11 Boulder Junction History Day Boulder Junction
August 11 Thrilla on the Grilla Tomahawk
August 11-19 Oconto County Fair Gillett
August 15 Paul Bunyan Fest Eagle River
August 15-19 Lincoln County Fair Merrill
August 17-19 National Championship Musky Open Eagle River
August 18 Minocqua Dragon Boat Festival Minocqua
August 18-19 Hazelhurst Flea Market Hazelhurst
August 19 Classic Car Show Hazelhurst
August 22 Auditions for Denim & Dessert Readers' Theater Presque Isle
August 23-26 Marinette County Fair Wausaukee
August 24-26 Florence County Fair Florence
August 25-26 Footstock Barefoot Water Ski Tournament Crandon
August 28 Blood Drive Hazelhurst
August 31 Camp Manito-wish YMCA 100th Anniverary Boulder Junction
September 1 Chamber of Commerce Picnic Three Lakes
September 8 Lena Dairyfest Lena
September 14 MASH Blood Drive Tomahawk
September 14-15 "The Nerd" - Denim & Dessert Readers' Theater Presque Isle
September 14-15 Veterans Fall Ride Tomahawk
October 6-7 Northwoods Art Tour
October 6 Lena Taste of Fall Lena
Contact Me:
Mail: Senator Tom Tiffany, PO Box 7882, Madison, WI, 53707
Phone: (608) 266-2509  Fax: (608) 282-3552
As always, if you have any events for our calendar, comments or thoughts regarding the subjects of this newsletter, please feel free to contact me.
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