Wednesday, January 13, will be a momentous day for the General Assembly. We will convene for the 60-day 2016 session, be sworn into office, welcome seven new Senators and eleven new Delegates, adopt rules for each chamber, learn our committee assignments, and continue introducing bills and budget amendments. Hopefully, the session will be collegial and productive. I will do my best to set a positive tone. In divided government we must work together to accomplish anything for the people of Virginia.
I am eager to know what your hopes and goals are for the session. To that end, I am participating in several public hearings and town meeting over the next several days. I do this every year and always learn a lot about the aspirations of my constituents and difficulties with state government they face. Here is a list of the upcoming hearings. I hope you come and share your views.
Public Hearings Scheduled
Senate Finance Committee Pre Session Public Hearing
Thursday, January 7, 2016, Hearing begins at 10:00 a.m.
University of Mary Washington, University Center, Chandler Ballroom, Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Town Hall Meeting with Senator Janet Howell and Delegate Ken Plum
Thursday, January 7, 2016 -- 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Reston Community Center - Lake Anne Plaza - in the Rose Gallery
Arlington Delegation Town Hall Meeting
Thursday, January 7, 2016 -- 7:00-9:00 p.m. - County Board Room
Sponsored by the Arlington League of Women Voters. Senator Howell is unable to attend this meeting because of a conflict with her Reston Town Hall Meeting.
Annual Fairfax County Public meeting
Fairfax County Government Center. Those who would like to speak may contact the Office of the Clerk to the Board of Supervisors at 703-324-3151, TTY 771 by noon on Friday January 8.
McLean Delegation Town Hall Meeting
Saturday January 16, 2016 -- 1:30-3:00 p.m.
McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Avenue, McLean, Virginia
If you cannot attend one of those hearings, please contact me by mail, email, or phone. I read ALL my mail and emails and am briefed on phone calls. My aide, Karol Straub, and I try to respond to your concerns. During the hectic General Assembly sessions that is not always possible --but be assured that I am aware of them.
Over the next several weeks I will write weekly updates on the workings of the General Assembly and the major issues facing us. I will also keep you informed on the bills I am introducing.
The pace in Richmond is always frenetic and unpredictable. Please consider spending a day or two in the state Capitol watching how we conduct the public's business. And stop by room 321 to say "Hi"!
Richmond Contact information:
General Assembly Building Room 321
Office Phone: 804-698-7532
Office email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Janet Howell