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The Future is female… and the future is now with Senator Jennifer McClellan. A native of Virginia, the state known as the place for lovers is no foreign place to McClellan. McClellan was born in Petersburg, raised in Ettrick and showed an interest in politics from a young age.  At the age of 13 she began volunteering and interning in the land of politics and now gets to spend a career doing, where she represents the 9th district in Greater Richmond.


State government could not ask most job seekers criminal history questions on employment applications under a bill passed last week by the Virginia Senate.

The Senate approved the “ban the box” bill Friday on a 23-16 vote. All of the Democrats in the Senate voted for SB 252; they were joined by four Republicans.

Democratic Sens. Rosalyn Dance of Petersburg, Adam Ebbin of Alexandria, and Jennifer McClellan of Richmond sponsored the bill.


A lot has changed in the 45 years since the United Stated Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade that access to abortion is a constitutional right. Coupled with the 1969 Griswold v. Connecticut decision granting the right to use birth control, an American woman, in theory, has gained full control over her own body, her own future, her dignity, and in too many cases — her life.

Since then, women have shattered so many glass ceilings and stormed into universities, boardrooms, legislative assemblies, courts, the military, space ... the list goes on. We have insisted on our right to participate fully in society and brought our own chairs to the table when needed. Reproductive freedom has allowed us to navigate the modern world in a whole new way.

At its 128th Annual Meeting on January 20th, the Virginia Bar Association elected Sen. McClellan to a three-year term as the Legislative representative of the Board of Governors.  

Learn more about the VBA here

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New Laws Take Effect

On July 1st, the majority of legislation passed by the 2018 General Assembly Session took effect.  In Due Course, published by the Division of Legislative Services, provides a good overview of new laws likely to affect the daily lives of Virginians. 

Complete information on actions of the 2018 General Assembly Session can be found on the Legislative Information System webpage.


After five years of trying, the General Assembly passed a budget last week that includes Medicaid Expansion.

Once the Federal government approves Virginia's pan, 18-64 years olds who earn up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level will be eligible for Medicaid. This will close the coverage gap for nearly 300,000 Virginians who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid now, but not enough to qualify for subsidies on the federal health insurance marketplace. The plan includes a work requirement in which able-bodied adults under 65 are required to work, seek employment, or participate in job training, education, or community/engagement programs that improve work readiness. Exemptions are provided for children, pregnant women, the aged, disabled, and seriously mentally ill, caregivers of disabled dependents, and individuals working in the TANF VIEW program or SNAP. These requirements are waived in parts of the state with high unemployment.