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Last week, the 2017 Virginia General Assembly Session convened for 46 days to address thousands of bills and amendments to the state budget. After 11 years in the House of Delegates, I took the oath of office to serve in the Virginia State Senate. I am humbled and tremendously honored to have been elected by the voters of the 9th Senate District to succeed Donald McEachin, who now serves in Congress.

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January 3, 2017

RICHMOND, VA- Today, U.S. Senator Mark Warner announced his support for Jennifer McClellan. Senator Warner released the following statement expressing his support for Delegate McClellan:

 Virginia’s economic future depends on its ability to adapt to change and to foster new and growing industries. Jennifer McClellan has worked to increase Virginia jobs and investment by sponsoring legislation that supports innovation and economic development, which jump-starts crowdfunding to help more entrepreneurs launch their new businesses.  As a Senator, Jennifer will continue pushing for strong pro-growth efforts to strengthen and grow Virginia's economy.

 “I am pleased to have the support of Senator Mark Warner for my bid for State Senate,” said McClellan. “I will continue working to ensure economic opportunity for all Virginians and help our economy adapt to changes in the marketplace.”

 The Special Election for the 9th Senate District will be held on January 10, 2017. Voters will vote at their regular polling locations. Polls will be open from 6am - 7pm.

Virginia’s Ninth State Senate District is a heavily Democratic area made up of part of the City of Richmond, parts of Henrico and Hanover Counties, and all of Charles City County.

The 9th  Senate District Legislative Nominating Committee (LNC) is pleased to announce that Delegate Jennifer McClellan will be the Democratic nominee for the 9th Senate District Special Election taking place on January 10, 2017.

 "It is a distinct honor to be named the Democratic nominee for the 9th State Senate District," said McClellan. "I humbly accept the nomination and am looking onward to the Special Election on January 10th." 

 

Like many of you, I was devastated by the results of Tuesday's Presidential election.  I share the anxiety I've heard from so many people about how divided the country is and how we move forward.  But Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine reminded us that while we did not achieve the result we wanted, we still have work to do to advance the causes and values we cherish.  

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.

We are nearing the finish line for the 2016 General Assembly Session, with a little over a week to go.  Last week, the House and the Senate acted on their respective budgets. The House budget proposal, outlined below, has a number of positive items, including pay increases for state employees and increased spending on public schools. However, both the House and Senate budgets remove funding for Medicaid expansion, leaving hundreds of thousands of Virginians without access to quality health care services.

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.

Session is well underway, but was disrupted by Winter Storm Jonas.  For only the second time in 48 years, the General Assembly closed last Friday as the Governor declared a state of emergency and the Commonwealth prepared for the storm.

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