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Jan19

The Henrico Citizen invited each delegate and state senator whose district encompasses a portion of Henrico to provide their thoughts about the 2018 session. 

Jan18

One state senator’s impassioned speech in which she identified as a survivor of incest didn’t stop a Senate committee on Thursday from killing a handful of bills that proponents said would have increased access to abortions.

Votes fell along party lines on the bills, which covered topics including changing regulations applying to clinics that perform abortions and preventing women from having to report cases of rape or incest to law enforcement if they are receiving an abortion funded by the state.

Jan18
Caitlin Blunnie was in college when she was sexually assaulted by someone who she thought was a friend. She never spoke about it publicly other than a few of her close friends. In fact, Thursday morning in front of the Virginia Senate committee on Education and Health was the first time her story was told openly.

Blunnie told her story to show her support for Senate Bill 292, which was introduced by Sen. Jennifer McClellan, D-Richmond. The bill would have repealed a current law that requires women who have become pregnant by rape or incest to report the assault to law enforcement before qualifying for state medical assistance for an abortion.

Jan18

In December 2016, then-Delegate McClellan was interviewed by The HistoryMakers, an  organization with the largest African American video oral history collection in the nation. Last week, they they returned to Richmond for a follow-up interview about Senator McClellan's transition from the Virginia House of Delegates to the Virginia Senate, the changing political landscape in Virginia, her legislative work, and the Virginia's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission and its African American Legislators and King in Virginia projects. 

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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.