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Read Molly Gentzel’s article in The Collegian on Del. McCellan’s legislation submitted in honor of slain University of Richmond student De’Nora Hill who was stalked and killed by her ex-boyfriend.


Voter Id bills deter a basic right by Jennifer McClellan


Nearly every African-American family in the South, including Virginia, has a story about someone who was terrorized — or worse — for having the audacity to exercise his right to vote. For many of us, efforts to erect barriers to voting are personal. That is why the defeat of measures to facilitate voting was so disappointing. A House subcommittee killed measures to expand early voting, expand voting hours and increase the number of voting machines in precincts.


Watch NBC 12′s report on legislation co-sponsored by Del. McClellan that would lower the threshold for candidates to compete in Virginia’s presidential primary.

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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.

 We are now two weeks into the 2017 Session, and the pace has picked up dramatically.  As we celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday and ushered in the Trump Administration, the Senate considered several bills introduced by Republican Senator Richard Stuart that increase penalties for civil disobedience. These bills are part of a troubling trend by Republican legislators in several states to quash civil disobedience and curb First Amendment rights in the wake of the Black Lives Matter Movement, Trump Presidency protests, and the recent Women’s March on Washington.  In addition to Virginia, similar bills have been introduced in Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Washington. 


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