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(608)266-5780 | State Capitol, Room 307 West, P.O. Box 8953, Madison, WI 53708 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, April 8
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
UW-L Student Union, Rm 3314-3200
Monday, April 10
Onalaska High School Performing Arts Center
Tuesday, April 11
2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Mathy Center on Viterbo's Campus
Friday, April 14 - Saturday, April 15
Downtown La Crosse, Various Venues
Friends and Neighbors,
Ultimately, we all share the common goal of saving lives and building strong, healthy communities. Tackling the opioid epidemic as a bipartisan issue and passing these bills is a step in the right direction, and I am looking forward to continuing to expand prevention and access to treatment through my work on the Governor's Task Force on Opioid Abuse.
I have also had the opportunity to meet with a number of constituents in La Crosse over the past couple of weeks. Sen. Jennifer Shilling and I attended a UW-L legislative forum, where we discussed various provisions in the state budget proposal as they relate to UW-L, the UW System and our community at large. Sen. Shilling and I were also glad to see a good turnout at our joint budget listening session this Monday. Some of the issues brought up by attendees included transportation, clean water and care for the elderly in nursing homes.
I have really appreciated all the contacts I have received regarding constituents' legislative and budgetary priorities. I encourage anyone who has questions or concerns to contact my office by calling (608) 266-5780 or e-mailing me at Rep.Billings@legis.wi.gov.
Please continue reading for more information on the happenings both in La Crosse and statewide.
95th Assembly District
Water Listening Session
This event -- which is co-hosted by UW-L's Students for Sustainability group -- will provide a great opportunity for community members to speak about ways to ensure access to healthy drinking water in our community and across the state. Topics likely to be discussed include the spreading of liquid manure by concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), increased groundwater pollution and the presence of lead in drinking water. I will be there to listen to your environmental priorities so I can best represent La Crosse in the Capitol.
I will be joined by Dr. Kelvin Rodolfo, professor emeritus from the University of Chicago, who studies karst geology in the driftless region and will give a short presentation. Rep. Steve Doyle from Onalaska will also be joining us to listen and answer questions.
The event will be held Wednesday, April 19 from 4-6 p.m. in Room 3110 of UW-L's new Student Union.
The session is
free and open to the public, and is an excellent opportunity to make
your voices heard.
April is Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month
April is Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month. As a member of the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board, I authored a joint resolution recognizing it as such in the Wisconsin State Legislature. Children are the foundation of our state's future, and it is essential that they are surrounded by stable and nurturing relationships during their most critical stages of development. By increasing awareness about this issue, and supporting advocacy efforts to protect children and strengthen families we foster healthy communities.
Equal Pay Day
Tuesday, April 4 was Equal Pay Day, and it was recognized as the day in the year when women's earning would finally "catch up" to what men were paid during the previous year. The fact that it takes women who work full-time, year-round jobs, on average, four more months to make what men make in a year points to a serious inequity in our society. Unfortunately, the statistics among working women of color are even more disparate; in Wisconsin, of the women who hold full-time, year-round jobs, Asian women make 65 cents on the dollar of white, non-Hispanic men. African American women make 61 cents on the dollar and Latina women are only paid 53 cents for every dollar white, non-Hispanic men make. To learn more about the wage gap, click here.
I am a strong supporter of working women across Wisconsin and will continue to fight for gender equality for all across our state because affording everyone equal opportunities builds stronger, healthier communities.
Free Fire Alarms Available for Homeowners
Need a fire alarm for your home? Help keep our community safe and contact Lieutenant Steve Crash at email@example.com or 789-7265 for a free one! With help from the Wisconsin Smoke Alarm and Fire Alarm Education program (WisSAFE), the fire department will come and install alarms for homeowners (not renters) in La Crosse free of charge.
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