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May 3, 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
May Budget Update

Last week, we held the last public hearing for the Governor's biennial state budget. The Joint Finance Committee will now begin taking votes on provisions of the budget over the next several weeks. The video below gives an update on the process, including the 131 non-fiscal policy items that the Governor included in his budget. One of the first things the committee will do is remove these items from the budget. Lawmakers can still introduce any of these non-fiscal policy items as individual pieces of legislation.
Supreme Court Update

On Tuesday, the Wisconsin Supreme Court restored the appointments made in last December's extraordinary session. Governor Evers had withdrawn them based on a Dane County circuit court ruling. The Supreme Court will hear arguments on the case as a whole on May 15 to determine whether to uphold the laws and appointments approved in extraordinary session last December.

I am pleased that the Supreme Court has provided some clarity to the public servants who are willing to volunteer and work on behalf of the state.
Oneida County Economic Development

Last week, I attended the Oneida County Economic Development luncheon. One of the speakers of note was Wesley Meyer from Three Lakes. He is a seventh grader who has been creating fishing lures using the technology at the Three Lakes Fab Lab. It is wonderful to see young entrepreneurs turn an idea into a potential business opportunity. Keep working hard and have fun, Wesley!
Wesley Meyer and Senator Tiffany at the Oneida County Economic Development luncheon
Listening Sessions

Thank you to everyone who attended the listening session last week!

Representative Felzkowski and I will be having several more over the next couple days. The schedule is as follows:

Saturday, May 4th
  • Antigo City Hall @ 8:30 AM (700 Edison St.)
  • Merrill City Hall @ 11 AM (1004 E. 1st St)
  • Tomahawk City Hall @ 1:30 PM (23 N 2nd St)
Monday, May 6th
  • Elcho High School @ 5:30 PM (N11268 Antigo St.)
We hope to see you there!
Rep. Felzkowski and Sen. Tiffany at a listening session in Hamburg
Firefighter Rules
 
The Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) set the rules that regulate firefighters. One of the administrative rules that firefighters operate under, SPS 330, was recently updated, and there have been many questions from volunteer firefighters and town officials regarding what the changes specifically do and what they mean. Town officials and volunteer firefighters are invited to learn about the recent administrative rule update on May 7th at 7pm at Reuland’s Conference Center in Minocqua, Wisconsin at 630 Chippewa St., Minocqua, WI 54548. 

DSPS Secretary Dawn Crim and individuals from DSPS will be available to discuss the changes. Please consider forwarding this message to the volunteer firefighters in your community.
Federal Wolf Rules
 
Today, I joined U.S. Senator Ron Johnson and the United States Fish and Wildlife Services at a public meeting in Hudson to discuss delisting the gray wolf from the endangered species list. The wolf population has increased greatly and the decision to delist the gray wolf is long overdue. Delisting the gray wolf is the final step in the long path to recovery and could be a great example of how the endangered species list is supposed to work.

Thank you, Senator Johnson, for inviting me 
Senator Tiffany at the public meeting in Hudson
Matt Lallemont from Wisconsin Wolf Facts emphasized the wolf has recovered under the endangered species act. 
John Heisman
 
The Heisman Trophy is the most prestigious trophy awarded in college football. Did you know that John Heisman, the man the trophy is named after, is buried in Rhinelander?

John Heisman never lived in Wisconsin, but his wife Edith was a Wisconsin native. In fact, I believe Rhinelander was Edith's hometown and the couple would occasionally come back to visit family in Rhinelander. When John died in October of 1936, his body was transported to Rhinelander because that is where his wife intended to be buried herself. 
John Heisman's gravestone in Rhinelander
Paper Caucus
 
Today, the Wisconsin Paper Caucus held its first meeting in Wisconsin Rapids. It was a great opportunity to hear presentations from individuals involved in the paper industry. This week the Paper Caucus also introduced a resolution to declare May as Paper and Forest Products Month in Wisconsin. 
Senator Tiffany addresses members of the Paper Caucus
The Wisconsin Paper Caucus meets in Wisconsin Rapids
District 12 Events
Start Date Upcoming Event Location
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 24 Holiday Flea Market Antigo
May 24-25 Spring Bullhead Tournament Post Lake
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 25 LOLA Arty Party! Land O'Lakes
May 25-26 Classic Sled Round-Up St. Germain
May 26 McCaslin Lioness Faire Lakewood
May 26 Hazelhurst Lions Pancake Breakfast Hazelhurst
May 30 Wisconsin State Historical Society Public Listening Session Eagle River
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
Copyright © 2019 Office of State Senator Tom Tiffany, All rights reserved.


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