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Jennifer McClellan accepting the VEA Legislative Champion Award

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Jan19

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

Jan18

One state senator’s impassioned speech in which she identified as a survivor of incest didn’t stop a Senate committee on Thursday from killing a handful of bills that proponents said would have increased access to abortions.

Votes fell along party lines on the bills, which covered topics including changing regulations applying to clinics that perform abortions and preventing women from having to report cases of rape or incest to law enforcement if they are receiving an abortion funded by the state.

Jan18
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 The bill would have repealed a current law that requires women who have become pregnant by rape or incest to report the assault to law enforcement before qualifying for state medical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.

Jan18

In December 2016, then-Delegate McClellan was interviewed by The HistoryMakers, an  organization with the largest African American video oral history collection in the nation. Last week, they they returned to Richmond for a follow-up interview about Senator McClellan's transition from the Virginia House of Delegates to the Virginia Senate, the changing political landscape in Virginia, her legislative work, and the Virginia's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission and its African American Legislators and King in Virginia projects. 

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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.