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Wisconsin state Assembly Rep. Jill Billings on new voting maps, La Crosse Hometown Heroes, child prostitution bill



Wisconsin state Assembly Rep. Jill Billings in the WIZM studio for La Crosse Talk PM on Feb. 12, 2024.

Wisconsin state Assembly Rep. Jill Billings in the WIZM studio Monday for La Crosse Talk PM, discussing new voting maps, ranked-choice voting, La Crosse Hometown Heroes being honored in Madison and bills she’s got hearings on. 

La Crosse Talk PM airs weekdays at 5:06 p.m. Listen on the WIZM app, online here, or on 92.3 FM / 1410 AM / 106.7 FM (north of Onalaska). Find all the podcasts here or subscribe to La Crosse Talk PM wherever you get your podcasts.

Began the show talking a bit with the La Crosse Democrat about winter tourism, with Wisconsin not really having a winter. 

After that (5:10), we discussed ranked-choice voting a bit, as it’s both getting a bipartisan committee hearings, as well as trying to be banned altogether by other Republicans. 

Then we talked about Hometown Heroes (8:30) that Billings has nominated — UW-La Crosse Fine Arts Department instructors Joe Anderson and Mary Leonard Anderson — who will be honored Thursday in the state Capitol.

The second half of the show (19:30), Billings listened to a rant about car insurance, before we got into a talk about new voting maps, and how Republicans in the state are apparently considering agreeing to use the Gov. Tony Evers’ drawn maps. 

Lastly (36:05), Billings has a couple of bills that could pass the Legislature. One having to deal with exempting minors from being charged with prostitution — because they’re minors — and another on Xylazine test strips. Xylazine is a new drug, typically called tranq.

Host of WIZM's La Crosse Talk PM | University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point graduate | Hometown: Greenville, Wis | Avid noonball basketball player and sand volleyballer in La Crosse