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Jennifer McClellan at the General Assembly
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Jennifer McClellan accepting the VEA Legislative Champion Award

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Mar19

After a hitting a legal speed bump last year that threatened its ability to do business in its home state, a Richmond-based ride-sharing startup has gotten the green light from the General Assembly.

Uzurv, an app that allows users to reserve rides through platforms like Lyft and Uber, successfully lobbied during the recent GA session to create a new classification in state code that makes its business model above board.

 

Mar5

The General Assembly adjourned sine die last week after passing more than 800 bills that now await action from the governor. Several of the bills passed address the 21st century generational and technological changes that have led to one of the most dramatic transformations in the American economy in decades — the “on-demand”, “sharing,” or “gig” economy.

Rapid changes in technology have given rise to new business models, such as Uber, Lyft, and Airbnb that do not fit Virginia’s regulatory structure and disrupt “legacy” industries. As a result, the General Assembly has had to update laws governing everything from zoning, consumer protection, insurance, and taxes to allow these new models to grow while providing consumer protections and avoiding the creation of an unlevel playing field for legacy industries competing with these new businesses.

Mar4

The General Assembly adjourned sine die last week after passing more than 800 bills that now await action from the governor. Several of the bills passed address the 21st century generational and technological changes that have led to one of the most dramatic transformations in the American economy in decades — the “on-demand”, “sharing,” or “gig” economy.

Rapid changes in technology have given rise to new business models, such as Uber, Lyft, and Airbnb that do not fit Virginia’s regulatory structure and disrupt “legacy” industries. As a result, the General Assembly has had to update laws governing everything from zoning, consumer protection, insurance, and taxes to allow these new models to grow while providing consumer protections and avoiding the creation of an unlevel playing field for legacy industries competing with these new businesses.

Mar1
OZY

Jenn McClellan is always on the cusp of something — and the hectic pace that’s become her default setting is not always on purpose, the Virginia lawmaker admitted to OZY in a recent interview. “I volunteer and, next thing I know, I’m officer,” she says, laughing. “Once I’m interested in something, I just throw myself into it.”

Her latest role? A brand-new state senator, following a special election last month. As the state representative for Virginia’s political core, Richmond, for more than a decade, McClellan has led on issues of criminal justice and education reform, with a particular interest in ending the catchphrase “school-to-prison pipeline.” For example: She’s pushed for laws limiting school suspension lengths and restricting the ability of teachers to call the police on schoolchildren, who in the past could be handcuffed for behaviors like interrupting in class or truancy. Along the way, the Democrat earned a reputation for garnering bipartisan support — and upon leaving the lower chamber, the wonky African-American received a standing ovation from her colleagues, who raved about her accountability and “level of goodwill and decorum,” as one Republican told reporters.

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The 2017 General Assembly Session adjourned sine die on February 25th after completing work on thousands of bills and resolutions and closing a $1.26 billion shortfall in the budget. The adopted $107 million budget avoids cuts to K-12 education, restores pay raises to state employees, provides the state share of a raise to teachers, provides assistance to school divisions like Charles City County that have experienced at least a 5% decline in enrollment, and invests in mental health reform, while creating a $35 million cash reserve for future shortfalls.

 

The 2017 General Assembly Session adjourned sine die on February 25th after completing work on thousands of bills and resolutions and closing a $1.26 billion shortfall in the budget. The adopted $107 million budget avoids cuts to K-12 education, restores pay raises to state employees, provides the state share of a raise to teachers, provides assistance to school divisions like Charles City County that have experienced at least a 5% decline in enrollment, and invests in mental health reform, while creating a $35 million cash reserve for future shortfalls.

 
The General Assembly adjourned sine die on February 25th, completing work on thousands of bills and closing a $1.26 billion shortfall. 

The $107 million budget adopted by the General Assembly that avoids cuts to K-12 education, restores pay raises to state employees, provides the state share of a raise to teachers, and invests in mental health reform, while creating a $35 million cash reserve to be used to close future shortfalls.  

You can read an overview of the budget conference report prepared by the Senate Finance Committee here, and one prepared by the House Appropriations Committee here. Specific budget amendments adopted by the final budget conference report can be found here

The General Assembly also passed over 800 other bills than now await the Governor's action.  The Richmond Times Dispatch provided an overview of 25 of the most significant bills that passed, which you can read here.  The Governor has until March 27th to amend or veto any bills. We will return April 5th for Veto Session to vote on his actions.