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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.

The 2016 Session of the General Assembly convened last Wednesday for a "long session," and we will address nearly 2,000 bills and resolutions, as well as the 2-year budget. I have introduced 20 bills, which I will describe in coming updates. In this newsletter, I give a summary of Governor McAuliffe's State of the Commonwealth address and the Legislative Black Caucus's legislative agenda. 

The 2016 General Assembly Regular Session will convene at noon on tomorrow for a "long session" to address a number of bills and the 2-year budget.  In this update, I provide a summary of Governor McAuliffe's proposed biennial budget and the House Democratic Caucus's legislative agenda. 

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