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International Women's Day Celebration

March 7 

The Bluffs, UW-L Student Union



La Crosse Polar Plunge

March 2 & 3
Pettibone Beach in Pettibone Park



Moonlight Snowshoe Walk

February 22

La Crosse River Conservancy



Meditation for Emotional Health

March 7

Franciscan Spirituality Center






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P.O. Box 8953
Madison, WI 53708


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Friends and Neighbors,


It has been quite the past few weeks in the rotunda! Ongoing celebrations of Black History Month and related educational seminars have continued to take place throughout the Capitol, as legislators and constituents alike have come together to honor the important contributions of African Americans to Wisconsin and beyond. February is also Workforce Development Month, and I've enjoyed attending related presentations and events – like the Wisconsin Technical College's Student Showcase – to learn more about the ongoing work of students at Western Technical College, and to support recent graduates entering the workforce.

Governor Evers also recently announced his budget address will take place next week, on the evening of February 28th. His address will provide a new way forward for Wisconsin, and I am committeed to supporting his efforts throughout the budget reconciliation process alongside my legislative colleagues.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions, comments or concerns. You can always contact my office by calling (608) 266-5780 or emailing me at

Please continue reading for brief local and statewide updates.


Best Wishes,

Jill Billings
State Representative
95th Assembly District




Appointed to Chair the State Building Commission's
Higher Education Subcommittee



        I am excited to announce that I have been renamed to the Building Commission for the 2019-2020 session, and that Governor Evers has appointed me to chair the Building Commission Subcommittee on Higher Education. This Wednesday, February 20th, I led the subcommittee's first meeting of this legislative session. Several representatives from universities receiving project funding were in attendance, and it was especially nice to see and chat briefly with Chancellor Joe Gow and Vice Chancellor Bob Hetzel from UW La Crosse.

As the University of Wisconsin System is a premier intellectual and economic driver for our state, I am honored to have been selected to chair the subcommittee that reviews the funding requests necessary to facilitate the continued success of our state's institutions of higher education. As the sole Assembly Democrat to serve on the State Building Commission, I look forward to overseeing all projects related to the University of Wisconsin System’s development, and to working across the aisle to ensure our state's facilities get the funding they need.     



Governor Evers Moves to Add Wisconsin
to U.S. Climate Alliance

On February 12, Governor Evers announced his plan for Wisconsin to join the United States Climate Alliance. The U.S. Climate Alliance was formed in June 2017 in response to President Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement, and it institutes a handful of actionable goals. Included among them is reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 26 percent below 2005 levels by 2025, accelerating new and existing policies to reduce carbon pollution, and promoting clean energy deployment at the state and federal level.

At the time of the Climate Alliance's formation, I co-authored a letter to then-Governor Walker, along with over 40 other state representatives, urging him to join this Alliance. Unfortunately, he did not. Governor Evers' decision to join indicates a new approach to climate change, a crucial acceptance of climate science, and a commitment to taking responsibility to do what we can to counter its effects for the sake of future generations.

This all comes at the heels of Governor Evers declaring 2019 “The Year of Clean Drinking Water,” which parallels my own legislative efforts to improve drinking water in western Wisconsin. I am proud to support Governor Evers in his efforts to improve the quality and safety of Wisconsin's drinking water, develop renewable energy solutions and pursue the conservation of our state.




Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes to Visit La Crosse for Black History Month Reception

Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes will be in La Crosse this week for the annual black history month celebration, Reflections of Ebony. The event will be held at the La Crosse Student Union on February 23, and will celebrate black students, African American culture, and the achievements of the student organization, Black Student Unity. Appropriately, the featured theme is “Paving the Way & Leaving a Legacy.”

As the first black Lieutenant Governor in the state of Wisconsin, Mandela Barnes has not only left a legacy, but has inspired a new generation of young people to run for office and become a voice to represent their communities with integrity and authenticity. During this black history month, I believe it is important not only to recognize the accomplishments of trailblazing African Americans in La Crosse and across the country, but also to re-engage with black history, to reflect on the work left to be done, and to appreciate all that black culture and black people have given to our communities.

I've known Lieutenant Governor Barnes since his election to the state Legislature in 2012, and he has always been a gracious host to me during my political and legislative vistis to Milwaukee. I am honored and excited to return the favor and welcome him to La Crosse this Saturday.






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