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A bill passed by the General Assembly in 2004 says new methadone clinics need to be at least a half mile away from schools and daycares, but the clinic in Shockoe Bottom was an existing clinic that moved to that location, so the law didn't apply. That's why Delegate Jennifer McClellan proposed a bill to make sure that, moving forward, the law applies to all clinics. "There's a loophole in that bill that if it's an already existing methadone clinic that moves, that law didn't apply," McClellan said.


Delelgate McClellan has introduced legistation that would eliminate a loophole in a 2004 law that allowed a heroin rehab clinic to open down the street from an elementary school. "I've heard a lot from the people in that neighborhood… They want to make sure we tighten up any loopholes we have," said McClellan.


Republicans and Democrats in the Virginia General Assembly have reached an agreement over ethics reform, a major issue for lawmakers as they head into a new legislative session.

“There’s been a bipartisan group of House members that have been discussing ethics reform, and this is the agreement that has been reached,” said Del. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond).


Del. Jennifer McClellan has been chosen by the YWCA of Richmond for its 2014 Outstanding Women Award for Law and Government. She is an assistant general counsel at Verizon Communications, focusing on state regulatory matters for the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions. She is a member of the Virginia State Bar Diversity Conference, past president of its Young Lawyers Conference, and past chair of the Corporate Counsel section.

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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. 

Next Wednesday marks the halfway point in the 2017 General Assembly Session. Over the past week, the Senate passed several bills to strengthen relationships between law enforcement and communities, align Virginia with the rest of the nation in punishment for theft, assist former felons who reintegrate into society after completing their sentences, expand Virginia’s anti-discrimination laws, and curb predatory lending.

We're nearly one-third of the way through the 2017 Session.  This week is the last week Senate and House committees will act on bills before crossover, so we are in for long days.  
On Monday, the Senate considered SB 1055 increasing the penalties for failure to leave the place of any riot or unlawful assembly after being lawfully warned to disperse. I highlighted my opposition to this bill  in last week's newsletteron the radio, in my most recent Richmond Free Press update, and spoke against the bill on the Senate floor.  I'm pleased to report the bill was defeated  14-26.  You can watch my floor remarks opposing the bill  here.

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