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Last week, the General Assembly reached "Crossover," the mid-point of Session when the House and Senate must complete work on their own bills. Many of the bills my constituents have written or called me about were addressed prior to crossover and summarized in prior updates. Here is an overview of other bills acted upon last week.

Tomorrow marks the half-way point of the 2017 General Assembly Session, known as "Crossover," when the House and Senate must complete work on their own bills.  Over the next two days we will debate and vote on hundreds of bills on the Senate floor covering a wide variety of topics such as immigration, voting rights, school discipline, student loans, Airbnb, the regulation of property carriers, and public procurement.  My Op-Ed in yesterday's Richmond Times Dispatch discussed some of the school discipline bills we will address.
 
You can watch the Senate floor sessions live or find archived video from earlier floor sessions here
 

The 2017 General Assembly Session is now halfway over as the House and Senate considered hundreds of bills on Monday and Tuesday covering a wide variety of topics such as immigration, voting rights, school discipline, student loans, Airbnb, the regulation of property carriers, charter and virtual schools, and public procurement. 

Next Wednesday marks the halfway point in the 2017 General Assembly Session. Over the past week, the Senate passed several bills to strengthen relationships between law enforcement and communities, align Virginia with the rest of the nation in punishment for theft, assist former felons who reintegrate into society after completing their sentences, expand Virginia’s anti-discrimination laws, and curb predatory lending.

We're nearly one-third of the way through the 2017 Session.  This week is the last week Senate and House committees will act on bills before crossover, so we are in for long days.  
 
On Monday, the Senate considered SB 1055 increasing the penalties for failure to leave the place of any riot or unlawful assembly after being lawfully warned to disperse. I highlighted my opposition to this bill  in last week's newsletteron the radio, in my most recent Richmond Free Press update, and spoke against the bill on the Senate floor.  I'm pleased to report the bill was defeated  14-26.  You can watch my floor remarks opposing the bill  here.
 
 

 We are now two weeks into the 2017 Session, and the pace has picked up dramatically.  As we celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday and ushered in the Trump Administration, the Senate considered several bills introduced by Republican Senator Richard Stuart that increase penalties for civil disobedience. These bills are part of a troubling trend by Republican legislators in several states to quash civil disobedience and curb First Amendment rights in the wake of the Black Lives Matter Movement, Trump Presidency protests, and the recent Women’s March on Washington.  In addition to Virginia, similar bills have been introduced in Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Washington. 

 

Last week was the first full week of the 2017 Session, and we began to address the thousands of bills filed. Committee assignments were also announced, and I was appointed to serve on the Agriculture, Conservation & Natural Resources; Local Government; and Transportation Committees.

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.  I look forward to continuing the work I began in the House to improve public education, provide economic opportunity for all Virginians, and strengthen our local communities.  I will continue to address the needs of my constituents through legislation and constituency services. 


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.

IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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.

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