October 5, 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
Rules Committee Reviews CWD Rule

On Monday, the Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules held a public hearing on a proposed rule intended to help slow the spread of CWD. The rule, which was approved by the Natural Resources Board in August, included additional fencing requirements for deer farms and prohibitions on the movement of deer carcasses from CWD-affected counties. Over the last few months, I've heard from hunters and deer farm operators that the new rule would make things more onerous for both groups.

Under the proposed rule, hunters wouldn’t be able to transport deer carcasses harvested in CWD-affected areas out of the county. Hunters could move the whole deer if they're heading to a licensed meat processor, or they could quarter the deer, as long as the deer's head and spinal column remained in the county. 

The new rule also requires certain white-tailed deer farms that have had deer that tested positive for CWD to add either a second 8-foot fence or a "solid perimeter fence." The second option would require that the bottom seven feet of the fence is covered by something impermeable, such as wood or cloth with a strand of electrified wire running through it.

Deer farms are already required to have an 8-foot fence and the additional fencing will need to be finished by October 2019. Deer farms without a CWD-positive hit are also required to add three strands of electric fence to their existing 8-foot tall fences. DNR estimated the total cost of fencing for the state's white-tailed deer farms to be $2.1 million, though the agency admits the total does not include the cost of labor.

After the public hearing, the committee voted to suspend the deer carcass portion of the rule, however, they voted to maintain the fencing requirements. This means the new deer carcass movement requirements will not be enforced. Previously instituted movement restrictions for CWD-affected counties are still in place. If you need a refresher on these rules, please check out the DNR website. 

Department of Natural Resources staff are encouraging hunters who harvest a deer in a CWD-affected county to voluntarily keep that deer carcass in the county of harvest or limit movement to an adjacent CWD-affected county, unless the hunter transports the carcass to a licensed taxidermist, meat processor, or landfill through regular waste disposal systems such as curbside pick-up.
Opioid Workshop
Let’s Talk About Pain Medicines is a free 90-minute educational program developed by Wisconsin Health Literacy to help adults obtain a better understanding of how to more safely and effectively use prescription pain (opioid) medicine. 

Program topics include:
•    The differences between prescription opioids and other pain medicines
•    Safe storage of opioid medicine to help prevent others from finding and using them
•    What to do with unused opioid medicine 
•    Understanding of label directions (when and how long to take the medicine)
•    The importance of understanding warning labels 
•    When to call the pharmacist or doctor

Each participant is provided with a workbook and fact sheets to take home, plus everyone gets a free pillbox organizer.  

Dr. Robert Sedlacek will be presenting this program on Tuesday, October 16th from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the T. B. Scott Library Community Room.  Pre-registration is requested by Tuesday, October 9th to assure we have sufficient program materials.  Please contact Debbie Moellendorf, UW-Extension Lincoln County by email or via phone (715) 539-1077 to reserve your spot today.  Space is limited.
Trip to the Amazon

Today, I get to do a little bragging about a family member. My niece, Sophia Tiffany, from Elmwood is one of only five students across the country chosen by the JASON project to go on a field trip to the Amazon!

Sophia applied through the JASON learning curriculum and was awarded the fully funded expedition. Sophia and her teacher will leave for Peru on Saturday, October 13.

Congratulations, Sophie! Enjoy the trip.

You can read more about Sophie and her trip here.
Senate Scholars
If you are a high school student, or a parent of a high school student, who is interested in learning more about how our state government works, please check out Wisconsin's Senate Scholar Program!
The Senate Scholar Program is an intensive week-long educational program offered by the Wisconsin State Senate. Admission to the program is highly competitive and is limited to 33 academically exceptional high school juniors and seniors from around Wisconsin. Each Senate Scholar receives a hands-on, up-close view of the Legislature’s role in our democracy. 

Senate Scholars gain experience in such diverse areas as policy development, constituent relations, and processing legislation by working with Senators, legislative staff and University of Wisconsin faculty.

The Senate Scholar Program is open to Wisconsin high school juniors and seniors aged 16-18. The program is also open to qualified individuals who are homeschooled. Each Senate Scholar must have outstanding academic qualifications and experiences that demonstrate an ability to perform tasks with a high degree of responsibility. Applicants may also be subject to additional requirements imposed by their high school.

The deadline to apply is November 21, 2018. 

Survey Results

This week's survey results are from the question asking if there are adequate health care options in Northern Wisconsin. Just a reminder, we had a little over 1,100 responses. 

The follow up question, for those who responded 'no', asked what options are missing.

District 12 Events
Start Date Upcoming Event Location
October 5-7 Annual Midwest Musky Classic Phelps
October 6-7 Northwoods Art Tour
October 6-7 Cranberry Fest Eagle River
October 6 Lena Taste of Fall Lena
October 6 Cran-A-Rama Manitowish Waters
October 6 Lincoln Lager Barleyfest Merrill
October 6 5th Annual Hibernator 100 Laona
October 6 Oktoberfest Antigo
October 6 Cranberry Crush Casino Night and Music Fundraiser Eagle River
October 6 6th Annual Wellness Walk at the Rat River Trail Blackwell
October 6 Wausaukee Fall Festival Wausaukee
October 7 Lions Pancake Breakfast Merrill
October 11 Marshfield Clinic Blood Drive Minocqua
October 13 ZOO BOO at Wildwood Wildlife Park Minocqua
October 13 Harvest Fest Boulder Junction
October 20 LDF Lions "Food for Kidz" Minocqua
October 27 Zombie Crawl Land O'Lakes
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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