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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."

Feb15

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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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.