Del. Mike Mullin, D-Newport News, and Sen. Monty Mason, D-Williamsburg, will answer any questions that area residents may have on some of the biggest developments to come out of this year’s General Assembly legislative session, such as the state budget and the Historic Triangle sales tax bill, during a town hall in the Stryker Center Tuesday.
The town hall discussion comes a week after a similar event held by both state representatives in Newport News. Hannah Cannon, legislative assistant for Del. Mullin, says many of the event’s attendees were interested in learning more about the state budget bill, which was left undecided at the end of the regular 2018 legislative session.
“We had one in Newport News last week where both Del. Mullin and Sen. Mason gave a brief recap of what happened in Richmond,” Cannon said. “There was a lot of talk about the budget and what’s still left to be done, and then they took any questions from constituents that were there. It ended up being a pretty great event last week, so we’re interested to see what the turnout is like in Williamsburg.”
Cannon also expects both General Assembly members to discuss SB 942, which recently passed in both chambers of state government and was signed into law after being amended by Gov. Ralph Northam. Del. Mullin voted against both versions of the bill, whereas Sen. Mason supported the bill both times.
Sen. Mason and Del. Mullin will also provide an overview of bills they introduced in this year’s session that were signed into law. One such bill is SB 726, which was co-sponsored by Sen. Mason and allows health care providers to prescribe cannabis oil or THC-A oil to alleviate any diagnosed symptoms.
“You can still be charged with use, but if I was using it for X, Y, or Z illnesses, then there isn’t any legal action taken further,” Cannon said. “It’s a step in the right direction and something that was a result of about five years of work on the subject, so that was a pretty big victory.”
Mullin is also expected to discuss school safety and the threat of gun violence in Virginia, following his appointment to a Select Committee in the House of Delegates on the subject earlier this year.
Cannon says Mullin and Mason are expected to announce a similar town hall in the Grove community in the coming weeks. A date for the event has not yet been announced.
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The town hall discussion will be held in the City Council chambers of the Stryker Center at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
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