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A lot has changed in the 45 years since the United Stated Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade that access to abortion is a constitutional right. Coupled with the 1969 Griswold v. Connecticut decision granting the right to use birth control, an American woman, in theory, has gained full control over her own body, her own future, her dignity, and in too many cases — her life.

Since then, women have shattered so many glass ceilings and stormed into universities, boardrooms, legislative assemblies, courts, the military, space ... the list goes on. We have insisted on our right to participate fully in society and brought our own chairs to the table when needed. Reproductive freedom has allowed us to navigate the modern world in a whole new way.

At its 128th Annual Meeting on January 20th, the Virginia Bar Association elected Sen. McClellan to a three-year term as the Legislative representative of the Board of Governors.  

Learn more about the VBA here

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. 

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In addition to my legislative activities, being a member of the General Assembly has afforded me the opportunity to serve on, and now Chair the Virginia General Assembly’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission.  Created in 1992 to honor the memory and legacy of Dr. King, the Commission continues his work through educational, historical and cultural programs, public policy analysis, and public discourse on contemporary issues.  

Now that we have crossed the mid-point of the 2018 General Assembly Session, bills are quickly finding their way to the Governor's office.  On Friday, I was honored to join Senators Bill Stanley and Lynwood Lewis, and Delegate Charles Poindexter in Patrick County for Governor Northam's first bill signing. SB 866 (Stanley) and HB 175(Poindexter) extend the license for Pioneer Community Hospital in order to facilitate efforts to find an operator to reopen the hospital and offer local residents better access to critical health services. 

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.