2016 General Assembly Session Update #3

Today marks the mid-way point of the session, known as "Crossover". This is the date by which each chamber must complete work on its own bills. 

Before the end of the day, we will vote on hundreds of bills on the House floor, covering charter schools, juvenile justice reform, economic development, certificate of public need reform for hospitals, ethics, guns, and early childhood education.  We will address the biennial budget next week. Remember, you can watch the House floor sessions live here.     

Delegate McClellan's Legislation
Del. McClellan presents a bill to the House Courts Criminal Subcommitte
HB 487 passed the House, and now awaits Senate action. This bill removes the obligation for school resource officers to enforce school board rules and codes of student conduct as a condition of funding through the School Resource Officer Grants Program.  It is one of a number of bills I am sponsoring or co-sponsoring to help break the school-to-prison pipeline, and was featured in this article by the Center for Public Integrity.  

Several of my bills reported out of committee last week, and will be voted on by the House this week:
  • HB 703, prohibiting minors under 18 from marrying unless they are emancipated by the court reported out of the House Courts of Justice Committee.  The Senate version, patroned by Jill Vogel, reported out of the Senate Courts Committee.  
  • HB 485, permitting a first offense simple assault where the victim was a family or household member of the defendant to be taken under advisement while the person is ordered to complete an anger management or domestic violence class.
Two of my bills were identical to other bills introduced in the House, and I tabled my bill to co-patron the identical bill instead:
  • HB 489, implementing a recommendation of the Task Force on Combating Campus Sexual Violence to establish more stringent training and collection protocols for sexual assault evidence collection and storage.
  • HB 704streamlining the process for verifying the authenticity of the contents of electronic communications for evidentiary purposes by allowing an affidavit from the custodian certifying that they are true and complete and prepared in the regular course of business rather than live testimony.
Four of my bills were carried over to the 2017 session to allow time to work out unintended consequences: 
  • HB 490, clarifying that certain low-wage workers compensation recipients are entitled to cost of living adjustments; 
  • HB 838, limiting questions regarding past criminal convictions on applications for professional licenses to crimes that would be grounds for denying the application; 
  • HB 839, relating to retention of electronic surveillance recordings, which I have asked to be referred to the Virginia Crime Commission; and 
  • HB 1388, requiring agency review of certain decisions by boards and commissions comprised of a controlling number of market participants that could have an anti-competitive impact on the relevant market to ensure they are consistent with state law. 
You can track the progress of my legislation through the session here

Delegate McClellan Honored by the Virginia Education Association

I was honored to receive the Virginia Education Association's Solid as a Rock Award for 2015 in recognition of my work on the House Education Committee.  Members of the Richmond Education Association presented me with the award in my office earlier this month. 
As always, if you would like more information or to express your thoughts on legislation before the General Assembly or need assistance with a state matter, please contact my office at(804) 698-1171 or deljmcclellan@house.virginia.gov.


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Jennifer L. McClellan

Virginia House of Delegates

71st District