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Janet Howell's Selected Sponsorships

Office: State Senate (VA) - District 32, Democratic

Selected Sponsorships

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Jan. 7, 2014 HB 706 Authorizes Legislators to Hire Counsel to Represent Virginia in Court House Co-sponsor
Jan. 12, 2011 SB 1062 Health Insurance Coverage of Autism Spectrum Disorder Senate Sponsor
Jan. 10, 2011 SB 949 Allowing Absentee Voting For Any Reason Senate
(24 - 14)
Jan. 13, 2010 SB 464 Requiring Insurance Coverage of Autism Disorder Senate Sponsor
Jan. 5, 2010 SB 83 Authorizing No-Excuse, In-Person Absentee Voting Senate Sponsor
Jan. 14, 2009 SB 1257 Background Checks for Gun Show Purchases Senate Co-sponsor
Nov. 24, 2008 SB 810 Authorizing No-Excuse, In-Person Absentee Voting Senate Sponsor
June 23, 2008 SB 6009 Transportation Taxes Senate Co-sponsor
Jan. 8, 2007 SB 920 Requirements For Absentee Voting Senate Sponsor
Jan. 11, 2006 HB 45 Death Penalty Age Restrictions House Co-sponsor
Jan. 11, 2006 SB 253 Mandatory Reporting of Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect Senate Sponsor

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