2018 September Update: Schools, Redistricting, ERA and More

In This Issue
Women's Networking and Wine Tasting Dinner
Support Stacey Abrams for Governor of Georgia
2019 Page Program Applications Open
Special Session II - Redistricting
Equal Rights Amendment Update
Beloved Community Conversations Continue

Join First Lady Pam Northam for Senator McClellan's Annual Women's Networking & Wine Tasting Dinner
Wine Tasting

Please join First Lady Pam Northam as the special guest for Senator Senator McClellan's Annual Women's Networking and Wine Tasting Dinner.  
Thursday, September 20, 2018
6:00 pm
The Roosevelt
623 N. 25th Street
Richmond, VA
Host: $1,000
Sponsor: $750
Patron: $500
Friend: $250
RSVP by September 17th here or to Ngiste Abebe at ngiste@jennifermcclellan.com.

Help Me Support Stacy Abrams for Georgia Governor

We need effective leaders like Stacey in office in more states across the country.

2019 Senate and House Page Programs

Do you know a student who will be between the ages of 13 and 14 in January who has an interest in state government? They should apply to serve as a Senate or House Page!

The application process for the 2019 Senate Page and House Page programs is now open.  The application deadline is Friday, October 19th, at 5pm for the Senate program and Monday, October 22nd at 5 pm for the House program.  
You can learn more about the Senate and House Page programs and the application process
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Best of luck to students, parent, teachers, administrators and support staff as school kicks off today.  

Studies have shown a correlation between the condition of school facilities and educational outcomes. However, in too many localities across the Commonwealth, aging school facilities have gone unaddressed due to lack of funding. 

Over the summer, the Senate Local Government Committee  School Facility Modernization Subcommittee met to begin meeting to seek input from interested stakeholders on the issue of funding for school facility construction and renovation. At our first meeting on August 16th, Professor Carol Cash presented research on the impact of school facilities on educational outcomes. We also heard a proposal from Paul Goldman and Committee Chairman Senator Bill Stanley to use portions of the sales tax collected on internet sales to finance general obligation bonds for school facilities across Virginia. Our next meeting will be held September 5th at George Mason University. We will meet later this month in Hampton Roads.  

The Subcommittee seeks to issue a report by the end of the year with recommendations on how to address the Commonwealth's school construction and renovation needs. 

Special Session II - Redistricting 

Virginia Capitol
In June, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia struck down the Virginia House of Delegates districts as unconstitutional, concluding that African-American voters were packed into 11 majority-minority districts. The Court gave the General Assembly until October 30 "to construct a remedial districting plan that rectifies the constitutional deficiencies." You can read the Court's opinion here.
On August 30th, the General Assembly convened a Special Session called last month by Governor Northam to redraw House of Delegates Districts to comply with the court's order. In advance of the Special Session, House Democrats introduced HB 7001 (Bagby). So far, this is the only bill that has been introduced. HB 7001 was referred to the House Privileges and Elections Committee, which held a hearing on that afternoon. No substantive votes were taken and it is unclear when the House will return to address HB 7001 or any other redistricting proposal.  

Meanwhile, the Court rejected the House Republicans' request for a stay of the October 30th deadline pending their appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. So the clock keeps ticking, and if the General Assembly does not redraw the House districts, the Court will. 

Stay tuned.

Campaign Launched to Make Virginia the 38th State to Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment 

On August 26th, Women's Equality Day, #VARatifyERA
launched its campaign for Virginia to become the 38th to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.  
After Nevada's ratification in 2017 and the Illinois ratification on May 30, 2018 only one more state is required for complete ratification!

I co-hosted with Senators Rosalyn Dance (SD-16)  and Glenn Sturdevant (SD-10) the Richmond kick-off at the Byrd Theater with a free showing of Iron Jawed Angels, a movie filmed in Virginia, that follows Alice Paul (Hilary Swank) and her fellow suffragists as they compel passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.  We then hosted a celebration with local supporters at the Monument Avenue House used as the headquarters of the National Women's Party in the film.  

I will proudly be co-sponsoring resolutions by Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy (HD-2) and Scott Surrovell (SD-32) in the 2019 Session to ratify the ERA.  

Beloved Community Conversations Continue

On August 1, 2018, The Virginia Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission held its 7th Beloved Community Conversation in Lynchburg, Virginia.  

I welcome you to stay in touch and share your views on legislation or state issues.  Contact my office at (804) 698-7509 or district09@senate.virginia.gov. 
You can also stay informed about General Assembly activities by following me on Twitterliking my Facebook page, and following me on Instagram.
Jennifer L. McClellan
Senate of Virginia, 9th District

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