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November 3, 2017
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
Mining For America Act

Tonight,  I will be on the Wisconsin Public Television program Here & Now with Frederica Freyberg to discuss the Mining for America Act and nonferrous metallic mining. The program will air during the Wisconsin Public Television broadcast on PBS at 7:30pm this evening. Check your local listings. For more information about Here & Now, please click here.
 
Last evening, Wisconsin State Assembly voted and affirmed AB 499, the Mining for America Act. My legislative colleagues in the Assembly have recognized the great economic opportunity that mining can provide for northern Wisconsin. They have taken the first step toward an economic rejuvenation that will bring family supporting jobs back to our rural communities. 

I would like to thank my co-author, Representative Rob Hutton (R-Brookfield) and Assembly Leadership for their hard work and leadership on this bill. I am looking forward to the State Senate taking up the Mining for America Act on Tuesday.
Senate Floor Session

The Wisconsin State Senate met on the floor this week to debate and vote on over 50 separate pieces of legislation. A copy of the official schedule including all the bills debated and voted on can be located here. Below I have included some highlights of legislation that was passed this week:
  • SB 48 - Allows Public Water Utilities to provide financial assistance to customers for the purpose of replacing their lead lateral service lines.
  • SB 236 - Raises the threshold for local government and school district projects to engage in a competitive bidding process from $25,000 to $50,000. 
  • SB 238 - Instructs the Department of Health Services to provide training and examination financial aid for rural first responders. 
  • SB 239 - Allows rural ambulance providers to upgrade their service level to the highest level of any EMT staffing the ambulance. Currently if an EMT is trained to provide more medical services than the service level of the ambulance, they are unable to provide the medical treatment.
  • SB392 - Provides municipalities the ability to enact ordinances allowing ATV/UTV travel on state highways within the municipality's boundaries.
  • AB323 - Reclassifies the woodchuck as a small game animal and establishes a year-round open season that requires a small game license.
The Senate voted and affirmed over 50 bills during the floor period on Tuesday.
Prior to the commencement of the floor debate, the State Senate passed a joint resolution remembering the life and service of former Congressman Melvin Laird (R-WI). Congressman Laird served eight terms as the Congressman from Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District. Following his service to the state, Melvin served as President Richard Nixon's Secretary of Defense from 1969-1973.

Melvin's political legacy cannot underscore the legacy he left in the field of health care research. Throughout his political career and far beyond it, Melvin was involved with various medical research organizations including the National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization.

Melvin provided northern Wisconsin with excellent representation and he will be sorely missed.
Remembering Loren Anderson

The Snowmobiling community lost one of its biggest advocates this week. Loren Anderson, one of the founders and long-time directors of the Snowmobile Hall of Fame in St. Germain, passed away last weekend. 

Thirty years ago, Loren began a trail ride with CJ Ramstad, Mike Trapp, and Larry Bosacki that ended with the group deciding that the sport of snowmobiling needed its own Hall of Fame. Now, with over 100 inductees, the Snowmobile Hall of Fame occupies its own land and building on Hwy 70 in St. Germain. 

Outside of snowmobiling, Loren served the state of Wisconsin as an administrator in the former Department of Commerce and served as the president of the Lake Geneva, Minocqua, and St. Germain Chambers of Commerce. Loren always remained active in the community he lived in.

His work ethic and love of the sport have helped solidify the future success of the Snowmobile Hall of Fame. Loren was a great advocate and community member and he will be missed dearly. I send my sincerest condolences to his family.
Follow-Up from Drug Take Back Day

Last week, I shared information about the biannual Drug Take Back Day in Wisconsin. Following the completion of this month's event, Attorney General Brad Schimel announced that over 60,000 lbs. of unused medications were collected. The unused medication is now on its way to Indiana where it will be incinerated. 
 
It is important to note that there are year-round drug disposal drop boxes located around the state. I recently attended a roundtable in Lincoln County regarding opioid addiction and as a county they have identified three locations that are open year-round where you can drop off unwanted medicine for free:
  • Merrill Police Department - 1004 East First Street - Open from 8am - 4:30pm on Monday through Friday
  • Tomahawk Police Department - 219 West Somo Avenue - Open 24/7 - Call Ahead (715-453-2121) to schedule drop off
  • Marshfield Clinic in Merrill - 1205 O'Day Street - Open 9am - 5pm on Monday through Friday
For those who live outside of Lincoln County, you can locate your nearest drop off box here. If you do not see a location near you, reach out to you local police or county sheriff's office for more information.
Drug Take Back Day is a biannual event coordinated by the Department of Justice, the Drug Enforcement Administration and local law enforcement.
Physician Assistant Lobby Day

The Wisconsin Academy of Physician Assistants held their annual lobby day on Wednesday. I had the opportunity to meet with two constituents: Bobbie Montgomery, a current PA student from Rhinelander, and Jennifer Black from Harshaw. We talked about their field and ways the legislature can assist in attracting and retaining PAs in Wisconsin.

It was incredibly interesting to learn about the PA profession and to talk about ways to improve the employ-ability of PAs in Wisconsin by working to modernize some of the laws that govern them. I look forward to continuing that conversation in the near future.

Thanks to Bobbie and Jennifer for taking the trip down to visit!
Bobbie Montgomery of Rhinelander and Jennifer Black of Harshaw joined me for the Physician Assistant Lobby Day.
2017-18 Blue Books
The 2017-18 Wisconsin Blue Books recently arrived. If you would like to request a copy of the 2017-18 Wisconsin Blue Book, please reply to this email with your full mailing address. My office will be processing the requests over the next couple weeks prior to shipping them across the 12th Senate District. 


You can view previous versions of the Wisconsin Blue Book online by clicking here.
District 12 Events
Start Date Upcoming Event Location
October 28 Lac du Flambeau Lions Club Food for Kidz Minocqua
November 4-5 Dirty Dog Dryland Derby Pearson
November 5 32nd Annual Holiday Craft Bazaar Suring
November 10-11 Holiday Open House Crandon
November 11 Christmas Bazaar St. Germain
November 11 Christmas Fest Sayner
November 11 7th Annual Great Shopping Escape Boulder Junction
November 17 Venison Feed Tomahawk
November 17 Kickin' Off the Season Antigo
November 18 Holiday Open House Rhinelander
November 18 Hunters Lunch and Bake Sale Athelstane
November 24 Santa Comes to Town Land O' Lakes
November 24 29th Annual Christmas Walk Boulder Junction
November 25 Christmas Comes to Minocqua Minocqua
November 25 Avenue of Lights Lighting Oconto Falls
November 25 Breakfast with Santa Land O'Lakes
December 2 Christmas Parade Merrill
December 2 Village of Lights Lena
December 2 Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting Rhinelander
December 2 Wabeno Winterfest Wabeno
December 2 Lion's Club Kids Christmas Party Three Lakes
December 2 Holiday Home Tour Manitowish Waters
December 3 Christmas In Florence Florence
December 6 Chili Cook-Off Antigo
December 21 Sno-Eagles Guided Snowmobile Rides Eagle River
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
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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