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October 27, 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
DNR Forestry Office

The Department of Natural Resources State Forestry Headquarters will be relocating to Rhinelander. On Wednesday, Governor Walker announced that the state forestry headquarters will be moving to the DNR Rhinelander Service Center by the first of the year. The Chief State Forester is required to move to the facility by January 1st. Over the next year, the rest of the forestry positions that are currently located in Madison will move to Rhinelander or other locations north of Highway 29.
Governor Walker announced the moving of the DNR Forestry office at the current Rhinelander Ranger Station.
In 2012, I proposed moving the DNR Forestry headquarters to northern Wisconsin. Initially, many people were skeptical to the idea of moving the headquarters up north because of the belief that an entire agency needed to be located in Madison. I have always disagreed. I believe that some parts of agencies can operate outside of Madison. In my opinion, the Forestry division could more effectively do its job if it were located in northern Wisconsin.

Over time, the Walker Administration and the DNR have warmed to the idea. The move puts the Forestry division in the most heavily forested area of Wisconsin and it expands the pool of talent to work in leadership of the division. While forestry has a significant impact across our state, there is no doubt that northern Wisconsin is by far the most impacted.

Special thanks go out to Governor Walker, Secretary Dan Meyer, Deputy Secretary Kurt Thiede and Chief State Forester Fred Souba for their vision and leadership. For a full text copy of Governor Walker's announcement, please click here.
Lincoln County Opioid and Methamphetamine Use Forum

Last evening, I had the opportunity to attend a Town Educational Forum in Merrill. The forum was hosted by the UW-Extension in Lincoln County and the topic was opioid and methamphetamine use. The event brought together community members, educational leaders, local law enforcement, and elected officials to discuss the implications of the increased opioid and methamphetamine usage in our communities. 

It was great to hear from people with many different backgrounds all focused on the same larger issue. It was interesting to share and hear feedback from community members on ways the State can be a resource for local communities. I was able to highlight some important initiatives that the state has been working on as part of the HOPE agenda. I believe that in order to combat the increasing number of opioid and methamphetamine addiction-related concerns, we must work together at all levels of government to create solutions. 

This was an excellent event and I am glad I had the opportunity to attend and learn from my fellow community members. I want to thank the Lincoln County Extension for hosting this event. 
Officer Tyler Tesch from the Merrill Police Department presenting information to a group about the opioid problem prevalent in Wisconsin.
Drug Take Back Day

As part of our state's commitment to preventing the abuse and misuse of prescription painkillers, the Wisconsin Department of Justice created a biannual Drug Take Back Day program. On this day, across the entire state, various drop off locations will be set up so that individuals can bring in their unwanted or unused medications, both prescription and over-the-counter. Drug Take Back Day will take place on Saturday, October 28th.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration and local law enforcement officials have set up drop off locations across the state to ensure the safe collection of all of the pharmaceuticals. The 12th Senate District has about 15 different drop off locations. If you want to locate the one closest to your home, please click here.

You can bring prescription (controlled and not controlled) and over-the-counter medications, ointments, patches, inhalers, non-aerosol sprays, creams, vials, and pet medications. You are not allowed to bring illegal drugs, needles, acids, aerosol cans, personal care products, household hazardous waste, and mercury thermometers. 

I am thankful to Attorney General Brad Schimel and the entire Wisconsin Department of Justice for their attentive care to this growing problem in our state, and their hard work to make this biannual event happen. There are year-round drug disposal drop-off spots across the state. For information about those locations, or about Drug Take Back Day please click here.
Drug Take Back Day is a biannual event coordinated by the Department of Justice, the Drug Enforcement Administration and local law enforcement.
Fab Lab Grants
 
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation has opened up the application period for the third year of Fab Lab grants. This program helps public schools across our state build and expand Fab Labs. In previous years, schools across the 12th Senate District have been awarded these grants.

I believe that Fab Labs are an excellent academic tool that schools can utilize to place students in a real world, working environment. Every time I have the opportunity to visit a Fab Lab I am amazed at the technology available to our students. Fab Labs are an opportunity for students to get true to life experience in an educational setting.

There is $500,000 available during this application round. Grants can be awarded up to $25,000 to a public school district or up to $50,000 to a consortium of two or more districts. In total, WEDC expects to award 20 grants during this cycle.

The application deadline for the grants is December 14th. The application for the grants and more information about how to apply is available here.
Senate Scholar Reminder
 
With the deadline just less than a month away, I would like to provide a reminder to those wishing to apply for the Senate Scholar Program that the deadline to apply closes on November 22nd.

Annually, the Wisconsin State Senate offers a unique educational experience to high school juniors and seniors called the Senate Scholar Program. The program lasts for a full week and includes three educational components: classroom instruction, roundtable discussion, and a lab practicum opportunity. 

The week begins in a classroom setting.  Experts teach Scholars about constituent relations, research and development of legislation, and bill drafting.  Scholars engage in roundtable discussions with legislative support agency directors and staff, media, and lobbyists throughout the week resulting in further insight into all facets of the legislative process. 

Scholars then put their knowledge into action.  Scholars staff the Senate floor during an actual legislative session and witness the Senate debate on legislation.  Scholars will also draft their own bills and amendments, form their own mock committee, and elect committee leadership.

This is an exciting opportunity for high school seniors and juniors to engage in the legislative process prior to entering college. I always look forward to having the opportunity to meet Senate Scholars from the 12th Senate District.

Applications must be received by November 22, 2017. For more information, including a copy of the application and the address to mail it in to, please click here.
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 Zombie Crawl Land O Lakes
October 28 St. John's TRUNK or Treat Gillett
October 28 Spooktacular Halloween Presque Isle
October 28 Halloween Carnival Phelps
October 28 Hallow-Fest Eagle River
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 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 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 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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