Delegate McClellan's legislation is signed into law
Delegate McClellan with Mayor Dwight Jones in the 71st District
Delegate McClellan on the House Floor
Delegate McClellan accepting the VEA Legislative Champion Award
Delegate McClellan supporting funding for Public Broadcasting

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Apr11

This Wednesday, the Virginia General Assembly will reconvene for one day to take action on Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s amendments to, and vetoes of, several pieces of legislation. At a press conference on March 30, Gov. McAuliffe outlined the standard he used to evaluate the 800 bills sent to his desk: “Does this legislation make Virginia more competitive and improve people’s lives, and if not, can I amend it to ensure that it does?”

Feb28

During the 2013 gubernatorial campaign, there was nearly universal agreement that Virginia’s Standards of Learning high-stakes assessment system needed reform. To that end, the 2014 General Assembly eliminated several SOL tests for elementary and middle school students, while still requiring school divisions to administer alternative assessments in the subject areas.

Feb17

After winning her seat for the first time in the Virginia General Assembly, Del. Jennifer McClellan was asked to give a speech on the Supreme Court case of Roe v. Wade. After initially agreeing to speak about it, McClellan changed her mind and declined. She decided it was important for her first speech as a delegate to be about an issue that was not stereotyped as a “women’s issue” such as abortion. Instead, her first speech was about payday lending. McClellan, D-Henrico, said she wanted to prove that women were capable of discussing other pressing matters than what are considered “women’s issues,” in fact, she said she has tried to make every issue a women’s issue since taking office.

Feb14

Far too often, the General Assembly is forced to address a long-standing problem in response to a tragedy and intense media attention. For example, it took the Virginia Tech and Deeds family tragedies to spur action to address long-simmering problems with our mental health system. This year, the murders of Morgan Harrington and Hannah Graham, and the firestorm unleashed by the Rolling Stone article about sexual assaults at the University of Virginia have sparked action on how college campuses should deal with such incidents. Given the complex nature of sexual assault cases and the multiple federal and criminal laws that already apply, taking action in the pressure cooker of a 45-day session is not an easy task.

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The 2015 General Assembly Session adjourned on February 27th and returned on April 15th for three days for Reconvened Session to act on the Goveronor's vetoes and amendments to bills. We passed a revised budget reflecting a budget shortfall due to federal sequestration. A summary of major bills passed this year is included in this newsletter.

 

The General Assembly reconvened on April 15th for Veto Session, at which time we addressed the Governor's vetoes of and amendments to legislation passed during the 2015 Session.  You can read a summary of the Governor's vetoes and amendments here

The General Assembly will reconvene of Wednesday,  April 15th  for Veto Session, at which time we will address the Governor's amendments to and vetoes of legislation.