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Jennifer McClellan accepting the VEA Legislative Champion Award

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Jul28

On July 29, 2014, a panel of the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a ruling from a lower court that struck down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban. As someone whose own marriage was illegal in Virginia until the U.S. Supreme Court opinion in Loving v. Virginia, and voted against the Marshall-Newman amendment, I applaud the Court's ruling.

Jul22

Today, I commend Governor McAuliffe for ensuring that our Commonwealth continues to take the lead on being the friendliest state in which to do business. It is important that we encourage SWaM businesses to come and invest their time and resources in Virginia. We must continue to level the playing field and be the standard to which other states craft their own compliance measures.

Jul11

The list is long: Former President George W. Bush (R), President Barack Obama (D), former Gov. Bob McDonnell (R), Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D). Dels. Scott Lingamfelter (R), Rich Anderson (R), Betsy Carr (D), Barbara Comstock (R), Chris Head (R), Charniele Herring (D), Manoli Loupassi (R), Jennifer McClellan (D), Ron Villanueva (R). State Sens. Janet Howell (D), John Edwards (D), Frank Wagner (R), and John Watkins (R). And they all have something in common. You ask, “What is it that these politicians from often polarized political backgrounds have in common?” The answer: These elected officials, as well as First Lady Michelle Obama and others, have led efforts to make the end of homelessness a priority.

May13

Del. Jennifer McClellan, D-Richmond, took some time today to talk about an aspect of the debate over expanding health insurance coverage for low income Virginians that doesn’t get a lot of attention –  moms and would-be moms.

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The 2017 General Assembly Session adjourned sine die Saturday, February 25th after completing work on thousands of bills and resolutions and closing a $1.26 billion shortfall in the budget. The $107 million budget adopted by the General Assembly 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.
Three of my bills passed the General Assembly and now await action by the Governor.

We’re in the final days of the 2017 Session, and are scheduled to adjourn Saturday, if not sooner. A number of controversial bills have already been vetoed by the Governor this week.  First, HB 1582 (Campbell) would have expanded eligibility for concealed handgun permits for individuals 18 years or older an on active military duty or have been honorably discharged from service. The Governor vetoed this bill because weapons training provided as a component of an individual’s military basic training does not qualify that individual to carry weapons after service.  Under the bill, an individual who completed basic training but was subsequently disqualified from having access to weapons could apply for a concealed handgun permit.

We are now in the final week of the 2017 Session. We still have quite a bit of work to do, as a number of bills, including the budget, are in conference committees to work out differences between the House and Senate versions. Last week the Senate passed a number of controversial bills.