Friday, December 13, 2013

Sen. Tiffany's E-Update

December 13th, 2013

Twenty-three Bills Hit Guv's Desk
On Thursday, Governor Walker signed a wide variety of bills into law. Of the 23 bills that received the Governor's signature, I authored four of them. I was able to join the Governor as he signed SB 183, SB 278, AB 359, and AB 62 into law.
  • Senate Bill 183, now 2013 Wisconsin Act 80: I authored this bill with Representative Jeff Mursau (R-Crivitz) which streamlines shoreland zoning ordinances by removing duplicate zoning ordinances when the area is incorporated.
  • Senate Bill 278, now 2013 Wisconsin Act 81: This bill was authored with Represenative Michael Schraa (R-Oshkosh) and will help protect workers near mining sites
  • Assembly Bill 259, now 2013 Wisconsin Act 82: I authored this bill with Representative Rob Swearingen (R-Rhinelander) and it allows the Department of Natural Resources to lease state forest land within the town of Boulder Junction to the Boulder Junction Shooting Range for a maximum term of 30 years.
  • Assembly Bill 62, now 2013 Wisconsin Act 83: I authored this bill with Representatives Garey Bies (R-Sister Bay) and Terese Berceau (D-Madison) which broadens the definition of an “intoxicant” to include substances that are inhaled, ingested, or consumed.
You can see the complete list of bills signed by the Governor here.

Governor Walker Announces Timber Initiative
This week the Governor held a Forestry Economic Summit on Thursday and Friday in Madison. The event brought together many industry stakeholders and individuals engaged in the forest industry to discuss current forest management as well as future challenges and opportunities. On Thursday, the Governor announced that the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation would be awarding a $49,000 grant to the Chequamegon-Nicolet Forest Stewardship Initiative.
This grant is intended to help increase timber sale and harvesting in the Chequamegon-Nicolet Forest. This forest covers 1.5 million acres over eleven counties and every year millions of board feet of timber is going unharvested. I appreciate the Governor for recognizing the important role the logging  industry has in our economy, and I think this grant could be a good first step to renewing our focus on responsible harvest practices.

Congrats to Sartori Co.
On Wednesday, the family-owned Sartori Co. announced that it would be expanding and renovating two of its cheese making plants in Antigo and Plymouth. The $14 million project is estimated to create 53 new jobs.
The money will help update equipment in the Antigo facility that is 100 years old. It will also help make the facilities safer while bolstering the capacity to expand growth. Work will start next year, which will also mark the company's 75th anniversary.
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation has helped facilitate this expansion and job creation by certifying up to $394,500 in Economic Development Tax Credits. These tax credits will be based on the number of new jobs created over a three-year period.

Preliminary 9-Day Deer Hunt Numbers
The preliminary 9-Day deer hunt numbers are available and show that Wisconsin had a 7 percent drop statewide in the total number of deer harvested. The northern part of the state faired the worst with a 15 percent overall drop in harvest and a 19 percent drop in the number of bucks harvested. Statewide, preliminary 2013 figures show that 226,582 deer were harvested with 97,765 of them being bucks. Last year, the 2012 preliminary numbers showed 128,917 antlerless deer harvested with 114,822 of them being bucks.
I have been hearing plenty of stories to support these numbers. The bad weather, late hunt, increased predators, aging forest habitat and a number of other factors have have been attributed to a poor 2013 hunt.
This year 633,602 gun deer licenses were sold. Nearly 27,000 of these were first-time hunters. Of the first time licenses, about at third of them were women. Overall, women accounted for 10 percent of the licenses sold going into opening weekend.
Here are the numbers from the DNR

Bobcat Hunt Expanded
On Tuesday, the Natural Resources Board approved a second bobcat management zone south of Highway 64. The approval follows studies that show bobcats are being found in the southern two-thirds of the state at an increasing rate. Currently, there is only one management zone that allows for hunting and trapping.
The proposal will still need legislative approval before it can be implemented. The harvest quotas will be set in the near future but it is estimated that a limited number of permits will be available. If approved in time, hunting and trapping could take place south of Highway 65 starting October 2014.

Thanks to My Interns
I have been very lucky the last couple months to have a great group of interns to help my staff with daily tasks. All of them are current students at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, so I want to thank them and wish them good luck on their finals next week.
From left to right: Tim Morris, Tyler Kehoe, and Gina Alagna
Not pictured: Emily Craven
AJ is a constituent of mine and is originally from White Lake, WI. It has been great to have him on board and he has done a wonderful job this semester.

Calendar of Events

Upcoming Events
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12/14/2013 Gleason
12/14/2013 Children's Christmas Party Lake Tomahawk
Sloan Community Center
12/14/2013 Holiday Celebration on Ice Tomahawk
6:00PM SARA Park Ice Arena
12/14/2013 Children's Christmas Musical Gillett
6:30PM Hillside Assembly of God
Manitowish Waters
Manitowish Waters Community Center
12/15/2013 Eagle River
12/17/2013 Woodland Strings Concert Three Lakes
Three Lakes Center for the Arts
12/25/2013 Christmas Dinner Oconto Falls
Oconto Falls Senior & Community Center
Christmas Dinner
Community Center
RSVP: Marge Barbender

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