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Saturday, November 18
9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
130 Recreational Eagle Center
Saturday, November 18
10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Children's Museum of La Crosse
Friday, November 24
5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 25
5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Friends and Neighbors,
The past two weeks saw the last Assembly floor session of the calendar year. However, Republican leadership has indicated the Assembly will convene again at the beginning of 2018. As such, legislators have been busy hearing and passing bills out of standing committees. Of particular importance to me was the passage of Assembly Bill 186, which I authored to protect child victims of human trafficking from being prosecuted as criminals. Passing this bill out of committee is the result of years of work and support at all levels from people all over the state. I hope we will take the bill up on the floor when we return at the start of the new year. You can read more about the bill passing -- on a unanimous vote -- here.
Besides a short trip to Madison for the AB 186 vote, I spent the majority of the last week at the National Foundation for Women Legislators' (NFWL) annual conference. I am proud to share that the NFWL honored me with the Elected Women of Excellence Award. You can read more about the conference and the award further down in this newsletter.
I hope everyone has a safe and happy Thanksgiving weekend. I am looking forward to spending time and sharing food with my loved ones. Whatever you do, I hope you, too, enjoy the holiday. Please read on for Thanksgiving safety recommendations from ReadyWisconsin, a service of the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs.
As always, please let me know if you have any questions, comments or concerns. You can contact my office by calling (608) 266-5780 or emailing me at Rep.Billings@legis.wi.gov.
Please continue reading for more detailed information on the happenings both in La Crosse and statewide.
95th Assembly District
Foxconn Contract Moves Forward with no Public Input
Last Friday, Gov. Scott Walker and Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou signed the contract that officially seals the state's deal with the Taiwanese electronics manufacturer. The contract was approved by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation in a vote earlier that week. It passed on an eight-two vote, with two Democrats on the panel voting "no."
I was disappointed that the contract was not made public until after the vote. I am highly concerned about the lack of transparency and opportunities for public input surrounding the entire Foxconn deal. I believe that the decision on such an important contract should have been more informed by public opinion. Many of my constituents have expressed to me worry about this the Foxconn deal moving forward, and I will remain vigilant as the next steps gets underway.
Thanksgiving Safety Tips
Thanksgiving is next Thursday! As you bake, boil, broil and fry your way to a delicious meal, be sure to keep a few safety tips in mind.
National Foundation for Women Legislators Conference
This week, I attended the National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL) conference in Minneapolis, MN where I received the 2017 Elected Women of Excellence Award. The NFWL was founded in 1938 to encourage the election and appointment of women to public office. In 2013, the NFWL started the annual Elected Women of Excellence Award to identify women who have worked tirelessly, often overcoming obstacles, to serve their communities. The NFWL continues to strive to empower and inspire elected women to become thoughtful leaders who shape America's future. I'd like to thank my colleagues for nominating and selective me to receive this prestigious award!
Representative Lisa Subeck (D-Madison) nominated me to receive the award:
I also took some time to defend the Packers' honor in Vikings' territory:
DNR Update: Gun Deer Hunting Season Opens
Wisconsin's nine-day gun deer season begins tomorrow, November 18. While many experienced hunters will be returning for yet another season, there will surely also be some new faces out in woods. In an attempt to involve more people in Wisconsin's hunting tradition, first-time license purchases can enjoy discounted prices. Successful first-time deer hunters can also fill out a first-hunt certificate. Click here for more information about these opportunities for new hunters.
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