Delegate McClellan's legislation is signed into law
Delegate McClellan at the General Assembly
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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Women, more often than men, have to be asked to run for public office. Men often assume it is their time to run for elective office, while many women assume it may not be their time — especially if they have a young family, according to five women who know Virginia politics well.

The five — Amanda Chase, Anne Holton, Jennifer McClellan, Bobbie Kilberg and Jill Vogel — include two state legislators who became the first and second women ever to give birth while serving in Virginia’s General Assembly. All five shared their stories of how they found public service a worthwhile calling for women.


Last April, the Center for Public Integrity published an investigation identifying Virginia as having the top rate of public school referrals of students to law enforcement agencies.  Virginia Delegate Jennifer McClellan sponsored Virginia House Bill 487 seeking to redefine the roles of School Resource Officers, particularly their role in school discipline issues.      

This week Delegate McClellan Joins Dr. T in the "BULLPEN" to discuss the contents of the bill, its implications for school resource officers and how the role of school administrators will be impacted.  


Under Virginia’s current laws, children as young as 12 or 13  can be married off. But legislation moving through the Virginia General Assembly would put an end to that. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are pushing to protect children by raising the legal age of marriage to 16. There is no minimum age for marriage in the commonwealth.


The House of Delegates has passed a number of bills this session to address domestic violence. These measures should make Virginians safer from intimate- and family-partner violence. However, more can and should be done. 

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The 2016 General Assembly Session adjourned on March 11th and returned on April 20th for Reconvened Session to act on Governor McAuliffe's vetoes and amendments to bills and the biennial budget. A summary of major bills passed this year and budget highlights are included in this newsletter.

The General Assembly reconvened on April 20th for "Veto Session" to consider the Governor's amendments and vetoes to the over 800 bills passed this year.  All of the Governor's vetoes were sustained.  The General Assembly also considered the Governor's 45 amendments to bills. Of those, 40 were accepted, including the Go Virginia economic development program.

The General Assembly adjourned Sine Die on March 11th, one day early, after completing work on thousands of bills and a $105 billion two-year budget.   The Governor has until midnight, April 11th to sign, amend, or veto the legislation on his desk.  On Wednesday, April 20th, the General Assembly will return for Reconvened Session to consider the Governor's amendments and vetoes.