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Feb20

Delegate Jennifer McClellan spoke on the House floor on the proposed budget amendment that would prohibit using medicaid funding for abortions in the case of gross fetal abnormalities: As in past years, House Republicans are seeking to restrict access to healthcare to women in cases where their pregnancies go horribly wrong. She spoke against this budget amendment, and you can view her remarks here.

Feb18

In the eternal battle of dog against chicken, Virginia law sides with the fowl. Currently, a poultry farmer is free to kill a dog that so much as chases his chickens. But the growing popularity of backyard chicken farming, along with dog owners protesting what they see as an antiquated law, could change that. On Tuesday, a bill that would revoke the doggie death penalty cleared the legislature, although it doesn’t go as far as dog lovers would like.

Del. Jennifer J. McClellan (D-Richmond) was urged to introduce the bill by officials in Richmond, where urban chickens were just legalized. She aimed to let urban communities decide whether to continue letting chicken-coop justice prevail. After pushback from the farm lobby, her bill was softened so that officers could choose to seize, rather than destroy, a marauding dog.

Feb16

America's cultural divide was on full display Friday as opposing sides of the gay marriage debate reacted in predictable fashion to a Norfolk federal judge's ruling that Virginia's ban on same-sex nuptials is unconstitutional. Democrats hailed the judge's decision as the latest in a series of historic triumphs for equality under the law.

Del. Jennifer McClellan, D-Richmond, noted that Wright Allen prefaced her decision with a quote from Mildred Loving, a plaintiff in the landmark 1967 U.S. Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia, which overturned Virginia's ban on interracial marriage. "Our United States Constitution was not designed to enshrine discrimination based on who you are and who you choose to love," she said. "And that's what a majority of Americans are starting to recognize."

Feb14

Democrats in the General Assembly praised Allen’s ruling. Del. Jennifer McClellan, D-Richmond, said the U.S. Constitution that Allen upheld over Virginia’s document “was not designed to enshrine discrimination based on who you are and who you choose to love. That’s what a majority of Americans are starting to recognize.”

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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.

Finally!

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.