Dawn Bowden welcomes move to votes at 16

AM supports new bill that will reduce voting age to 16 

Dawn Bowden AM is supporting a new bill which includes reducing the voting age to include 16 and 17-year-olds.  

The Bill was one of a number of bills announced by the First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, who has set out a new legislative programme that includes measures to protect children, strengthen NHS governance, reform local government and lower the voting age.

The Welsh Government will introduce new legislation to end the physical punishment of children in Wales. The bill will be part of a package of measures to ensure children have the best start in life and provide support to parents.

Another new bill will be introduced to ban the use of wild animals in travelling circuses on welfare grounds.

In addition to the Welsh Government’s legislative programme, the National Assembly will be asked to undertake a substantial programme of correcting regulations under the EU (Withdrawal) Act between October and March in preparation for EU exit.

Dawn said “I have been a long term supporter of votes at 16 and am delighted with Carwyn’s announcement.”

“It is clearly going to be another busy year in the National Assembly but I am looking forward to the opportunity to speak up for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney when these bills are debated.”

“As always I am keen to hear the views of local residents on these bills as they are introduced, scrutinised and debated in the Assembly.”

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