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Mar31

At the 2014 VEA Convention, Governor Terry McAuliffe signed into law Del. McClellan's bill requiring school boards to develop lactation policies to support nursing employees and students. 

Mar12

Wednesday morning, Democratic House Leader David Toscano, Democratic Caucus Chair Mark Sickles, and Democratic Caucus Vice Chair Jennifer McClellan held a press call on the House Republicans refusal to take any action to close the coverage gap. “House Republicans continue to play Washington-style, shutdown politics that is costing Virginia taxpayers’ money and leaving thousands of uninsured Virginians without access to quality, affordable health care,” said Democratic Caucus Vice Chair Jennifer McClellan. “This obstructionism has already lost $355 million of our own Federal tax dollars this year, and we will continue to lose money until the House Republicans come to the table."

Mar12

If you thought the debate over healthcare expansion ended when the General Assembly adjourned last week, think again. Lawmakers will take it all back up again March 24, and they're using the break to hear from you. Republicans and Democrats say little has really changed since they left Saturday. They're still miles apart on healthcare expansion and the state budget but they say your voice could help break the stalemate.

"We need to get back to the people who would be directly affected by our decision," said 71st District Delegate Jennifer McClellan (D).

Mar8

As I write this column, the 2014 General Assembly is winding down its work in advance of our scheduled March 8 adjournment. Of course, the most important bill we have to address, the Biennial Budget, is still in conference committee. Once again, we appear to be headed for overtime. Unfortunately, this is not unusual.

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The 2017 General Assembly Session adjourned sine die on February 25th after completing work on thousands of bills and resolutions and closing a $1.26 billion shortfall in the budget. The adopted $107 million budget avoids cuts to K-12 education, restores pay raises to state employees, provides the state share of a raise to teachers, provides assistance to school divisions like Charles City County that have experienced at least a 5% decline in enrollment, and invests in mental health reform, while creating a $35 million cash reserve for future shortfalls.

 

The 2017 General Assembly Session adjourned sine die on February 25th after completing work on thousands of bills and resolutions and closing a $1.26 billion shortfall in the budget. The adopted $107 million budget avoids cuts to K-12 education, restores pay raises to state employees, provides the state share of a raise to teachers, provides assistance to school divisions like Charles City County that have experienced at least a 5% decline in enrollment, and invests in mental health reform, while creating a $35 million cash reserve for future shortfalls.

 
The General Assembly adjourned sine die on February 25th, completing work on thousands of bills and closing a $1.26 billion shortfall. 

The $107 million budget adopted by the General Assembly that avoids cuts to K-12 education, restores pay raises to state employees, provides the state share of a raise to teachers, and invests in mental health reform, while creating a $35 million cash reserve to be used to close future shortfalls.  

You can read an overview of the budget conference report prepared by the Senate Finance Committee here, and one prepared by the House Appropriations Committee here. Specific budget amendments adopted by the final budget conference report can be found here

The General Assembly also passed over 800 other bills than now await the Governor's action.  The Richmond Times Dispatch provided an overview of 25 of the most significant bills that passed, which you can read here.  The Governor has until March 27th to amend or veto any bills. We will return April 5th for Veto Session to vote on his actions. 

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