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Plum and Howell Pre-Session Town Hall Jan. 7 in Reston

by Karen Goff December 30, 2015 at 10:00 am 7 Comments

 There is a chance to tell Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston) and Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston) what issues are important to you as the 2016 Virginia General Assembly session nears.

Howell and Plum will hold their annual pre-legislative session town hall on Jan. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Reston Community Center at Lake Anne. The 60-day legislative session begins in Richmond on Jan. 13.

Plum, in office since 1982, enters the 2016 session as the most senior member of the Virginia House. He is co-sponsoring several pre-filed bills, including one requiring employers with more than 25 employees to offer paid sick leave to employees. He is also co-sponsoring two bills regarding ethics and conflict of interests.

Howell is the chief patron of several bills this session, including one that would alter the sex offender registry by removing employer information from the part of the system available to the public.

Another Howell bill would prohibit a person who is subject to a protective order from possessing a firearm; currently, laws prohibit such people only from purchasing or transporting a firearm.

Other Howell-sponsored bills include establishing a Virginia Student Loan Refinancing Authority and criteria for redrawing election districts, among others.

Howell is also the co-sponsor of bills repealing the Virginia constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and removing the requirement that women undergo an ultrasound prior to an abortion.

Janet Howell and Ken Plum/file photo by Chip McRea

  • Mike M

    Just like Santa, they bring a big bag of hand-outs. Their party is all about the handout.

    • Ming the Merciless

      More like Krampus coming to punish us for our lack of belief in liberal dogma.

  • Charles glass

    Why is she trying to protect sexual predators?

    • SouthRestonResident

      What does HIlary Clinton have to do with anything?

      • Chuck Morningwood

        Are you sure it’s HC? I thought CG was referring to Ivanka Trump.

    • Richard

      The proposed law wouldn’t protect sex offenders. It would only protect the companies who hire them. Unless you propose to provide sex offenders with a sex offender pension for the rest of their days, these folks need to work to support themselves once they’re free. That’s to the benefit of society as a whole. The companies who take the risk to hire them should not be unfairly stigmatized. Also, keep in mind that not all sex offenders are “sexual predators.” There are a lot of different crimes that require listing as a sex offender.

      • Charles glass

        I think you should know where they work so you can avoid those businesses. I propose keeping them in prison until they are no longer a threat. Seems like Howell wants these people in our communities to do more harm. They either are still a threat and haven’t served enough time or they aren’t a threat.

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