Virginia House District 36
The Virginia House of Delegates is one of two parts in the Virginia General Assembly, the other being the Senate of Virginia. The House is presided over by the Speaker of theHouse, who is elected from among the House membership by the Delegates. It has 100 members elected for terms of two years; unlike most states, these elections take place during odd-numbered years. The annual salary for delegates is $17,640 per year.
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Kenneth R. "Ken" Plum (Dem)
What changes in Virginia's method of drawing electoral district lines (redistricting) would you support? (500 characters)
How would you ensure voting access for all qualified Virginians? (400 Characters)
What options would you propose to increase highway and public transportation funding? (500 characters)
What are your legislative priorities? (400 characters)
Native Virginian. Legislator 1978-1980, 1982 to present. BA Old Dominion University, M.Ed, University of Virginia. Married to Jane M. Plum. Four children, 4 grandchildren.
I support an independent, non-partisan redistricting commission. I introduced bills beginning in 1982 to establish such a commission. Legislators have a conflict of interest in preserving their own incumbency that prevents the transparency and objectivity that is necessary for fair, not gerry-rigged districts. I support the proposal of OneVirginia2021 to have voters pick their representatives and not legislators picking their voters. This reform is essential to have the legislature deal with c
I support removing the limitations that have been added in recent years that restrict voting. Early voting must be permitted and encouraged without having to give a reason. Registration should be permitted up to a week before the election and as technology is put in place on the day of the election. Registrars must be required to have frequent and highly publicized hours for registration including week-end hours.
We must first maximize the use of dollars that have become available through the recent tax increase. Intersection improvements, encouragement of flex-time arrangements with large employers, expansion of mass transit, enhancement of bicycling and pedestrian alternatives are some of the options. As unpopular as it can be, tolling on major roads through the region will be necessary. I support a regional sales tax to support Metro.
Priorities are increased funding for education at all levels, preschool through college. Independent redistricting commission. Expansion of protections under the hate crime and anti-discrimination laws. Universal background checks for gun purchases. Expansion of Medicaid. Refundable earned income tax credit. Improved transportation. Expansion of the use of renewable energy.
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