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Jul4

Between 2004 and 2013, around 4,500 children under the age of 18 got married in the state of Virginia. Of these girls, more than 200 of them were aged 15 or under. Last week, the authorities in the state introduced new legislation that updated rules that had until then made it legal for girls aged 12 or 13 to get married if they had parental consent and were pregnant. The changes - a move that campaigners said brought Virginia’s laws into the 21st Century - followed a long fight by activists who said the change was aimed at curbing forced marriage, human trafficking and statutory rape disguised as marriage.

Jul4

Up until Friday, it was possible for a girl age 13 or younger to marry in Virginia if she had parental consent and was pregnant.

Last week these archaic laws were replaced with new policies that should have been brought in years ago.

Now there is a minimum marriage age in the state — 18. Girls aged 16 or 17 can marry if they are emancipated by court order and it doesn’t matter if the teenager is pregnant or not.

Jul3

Only adults can get married in Virginia, according to a new law replacing policies that made it possible for a girl 13 or younger to marry if she had parental consent and was pregnant. The law, which took effect Friday, sets the minimum marriage age at 18, or 16 if a child is emancipated by court order. It takes parents and pregnancy out of the equation. Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Fauquier) and Del. Jennifer L. McClellan (D-Richmond) sponsored identical bills that passed during this year’s legislative session, despite some opposition.

May15

Women, more often than men, have to be asked to run for public office. Men often assume it is their time to run for elective office, while many women assume it may not be their time — especially if they have a young family, according to five women who know Virginia politics well.

The five — Amanda Chase, Anne Holton, Jennifer McClellan, Bobbie Kilberg and Jill Vogel — include two state legislators who became the first and second women ever to give birth while serving in Virginia’s General Assembly. All five shared their stories of how they found public service a worthwhile calling for women.

 
 

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On Monday, the General Assembly returns to Richmond for a Redistricting Special Session.  This session results from a federal court finding our 2011 Congressional redistricting plan unconstitutional because it improperly concentrated African American voters into the 3rd Congressional District.  The court ordered the General Assembly to develop a new Congressional redistricting plan by September 1, 2015, and has denied appeals and a request for a stay by Congressional Republicans.  While no plan has yet to be introduced, any plan considered should meet certain legal and policy criteria.  

The 2015 General Assembly Session adjourned on February 27th and returned on April 15th for three days for Reconvened Session to act on the Goveronor's vetoes and amendments to bills. We passed a revised budget reflecting a budget shortfall due to federal sequestration. A summary of major bills passed this year is included in this newsletter.

 

The General Assembly reconvened on April 15th for Veto Session, at which time we addressed the Governor's vetoes of and amendments to legislation passed during the 2015 Session.  You can read a summary of the Governor's vetoes and amendments here