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The Virginia Senate voted 23 to 16 Friday to “ban the box” on state employment applications, a move sponsors said would provide more opportunities to people who have been arrested or charged with crimes in the past.

The bill, sponsored by Democrats Rosalyn Dance (Petersburg), Adam Ebbin (Alexandria) and Jennifer McClellan (Richmond), would prohibit state agencies from including a question on most job applications about whether an applicant has ever been arrested, charged or convicted of any crime.


Friday, Senator McClellan appeared live on Facebook and answered questions from Together We Will RVA. 


The Henrico Citizen invited each delegate and state senator whose district encompasses a portion of Henrico to provide their thoughts about the 2018 session. 

Caitlin Blunnie was in college when she was sexually assaulted by someone who she thought was a friend. She never spoke about it publicly other than a few of her close friends. In fact, Thursday morning in front of the Virginia Senate committee on Education and Health was the first time her story was told openly.

Blunnie told her story to show her support for Senate Bill 292, which was introduced by Sen. Jennifer McClellan, D-Richmond. The bill would have repealed a current law that requires women who have become pregnant by rape or incest to report the assault to law enforcement before qualifying for state medical assistance for an abortion.

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We have reached the halfway point of the 2018 General Assembly Session, known as “Crossover.”  Tuesday was the last day for the House and Senate to complete work on their own bills. On Wednesday, they began hearing bills that passed the other body.  We have just over three weeks left to address nearly 2,000 pending bills. 

This week I’d like to highlight SB 181 (Stanley), which I co-sponsored, to repeal Virginia’s law mandating automatic suspension of driver’s licenses for failure to pay fines and court costs, which passed the Senate last week 33-6. 

Today is "Crossover," the midway point of the Session where the House and Senate must complete work on their bills.  You can follow my bills and their progress through the General Assembly on the LIS website, and you can read a summary of all of my 2018 legislation and view committee hearings for each on my website

I am eager to hear from you on issues you care about. To share your views on legislation, contact my office at (804) 698-7509 or You can also stop by my office in the Pocahontas Building at 900 East Main Street. My offices are located in E512.

Agriculture is Virginia’s largest industry.  Yet many communities in the commonwealth do not have enough places to purchase healthy, affordable food as a wide variety of factors have led supermarkets to disinvest from lower-income areas across the commonwealth, creating a public health crisis.