On the day thousands of gun-rights supporters converged on Capitol grounds for Lobby Day, the Virginia State Senate advanced a bill that would allow no-excuse absentee voting.
Senate Bill 111, introduced by state Sen. Janet D. Howell (D-Fairfax) passed with a 31-9 vote on Monday. State Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond), the co-patron on SB 111, shared a tweet following the vote.
Democrats in the General Assembly next year likely will pass a slew of bills long denied them when Republicans held control, said state Sen. Janet Howell (D-Fairfax-Arlington).
“Numerous significant bills that have failed under Republican majorities will pass this session,” Howell predicted. “Among them will be climate-change legislation, the Equal Rights Amendment, gun-safety bills, reproductive-rights protections, [and] election and redistricting reforms. I am very hopeful we will also pass criminal-justice reforms, including decriminalizing marijuana possession.”
As Republicans prepare to hand over control of the budget-writing Senate Finance Committee to Democrats next year, members of both parties said they hoped they would retain a commitment to working in a bipartisan manner on the commonwealth’s money issues.
“What also won’t change is how we’re going to act as a collegial committee,” Sen. Janet Howell, D-Fairfax, told her Senate colleagues on Friday during the committee’s annual retreat in Harrisonburg.
As she prepares to take the helm of one of the state Senate’s most powerful committees, Sen. Janet Howell says Democratic rule in Richmond will differ from that of Republicans. “We’re going to see more emphasis on early-childhood education and family leave. Education at every level will be a high priority. I think you’ll see more compassion for the working poor and efforts to help their situation,” Howell (D-32nd) told the Sun Gazette in a recent interview.
Arthur Purves and Janet Howell have a few things in common. Among them: Each is running for elected office for the eighth time.
But, as Purves noted with a sense of self-deprecation, Democrat Howell has won all of her campaigns, while he has yet to notch a victory.
State Sen. Janet Howell (D-32nd) can thank an injured ankle for altering her to the fact she needed life-saving heart surgery.
Howell shattered her ankle in late July while hiking on some rocks on an island in Upstate New York’s Adirondack Mountains. Howell credited her husband, Hunt, and son, Brian, with performing an “amazing rescue.”
The annual legislative effort to allow Virginia localities to set their own school calendars is taking a new tack in 2019.
State Sen. Janet Howell (D-32nd) has offered legislation that, if approved, would permit Northern Virginia school systems to set their own opening dates. The rest of the commonwealth would remain subject to rules imposed by the Virginia Department of Education.
In response to recent Catholic Church clergy sex abuse scandals, lawmakers in the District and Virginia say they will soon propose legislation that adds clergy to the list of people mandated by law to report child abuse or neglect.
Both efforts hit at the hot-button intersection of child protection and religious liberty,
It’s easy in traffic-choked, affluent Northern Virginia to remain ignorant of the struggles and triumphs in regions south.
State Sen. Janet Howell (D-32nd) and her husband, Hunt, spent July 9 through 19 on a 1,238-mile fact-finding tour in southside and southwest Virginia. The things they witnessed and learned were both hopeful and alarming.
In a night when Republicans stayed in control of Virginia’s state government, Fairfax County voters largely elected Democrats, many of them incumbents, on Nov. 3.
Sharon Bulova was reelected as Fairfax County Board of Supervisors chairman, announcing that Republican challenger Arthur Purves had called her to concede the race about an hour before her 10:00 p.m. announcement.