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Nov29

Like many of you, I was devastated by the results of Tuesday's Presidential election.  I share the anxiety I've heard from so many people about how divided the country is and how we move forward.  But Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine reminded us that while we did not achieve the result we wanted, we still have work to do to advance the causes and values we cherish.  
Nov29

McClellan plans to seek the 9th District State Senate seat occupied by Sen. Donald McEachin.

Nov29

Citing Hillary Clinton’s call to action following the 2016 Presidential Election, Virginia State delegate Jennifer McClellan (D – RICHMOND) announced her run for the Virginia State Senate. 

McClellan, who was first voted into office in 2005, plans to seek the 9th District State Senate seat occupied by Sen. Donald McEachin. McEachin was elected to the U.S. House of Representative on Election Day.

 
Nov27

Delegate Jennifer McClellan (House 71) today announced her candidacy for the special election in December to fill Donald McEachin’s State Senate seat (Senate 9).

While McClellan’s House 21st represents about half of our coverage area (the eastern half is Delores McQuinn in House 70), the Senate 9 position would not be our representative (see map below) despite covering a large part of Richmond – we are in State Senate District 16, represented by Rosalyn Dance (map below).

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Last week the House and Senate adopted amendments to the 2016-2018 budget to address a projected $279.3 million revenue shortfall. The Senate budget reflects its top priorities of supporting mental health programs, avoiding spending cuts for public education and safety net programs, and providing an overdue pay raise for all state employees and teachers.  Specifically, the Senate budget proposes a 3 percent raise for state classified employees, a 2 percent raise for college and university faculty, the state share of a 2 percent raise for public school teachers, and a 2 percent raise for state-supported local employees.  Instead of providing a raise for teachers, the House budget increases funding for school divisions, which may use the money for raises or for other priorities. 

 

Last week, the General Assembly reached "Crossover," the mid-point of Session when the House and Senate must complete work on their own bills. Many of the bills my constituents have written or called me about were addressed prior to crossover and summarized in prior updates. Here is an overview of other bills acted upon last week.

Tomorrow marks the half-way point of the 2017 General Assembly Session, known as "Crossover," when the House and Senate must complete work on their own bills.  Over the next two days we will debate and vote on hundreds of bills on the Senate floor covering a wide variety of topics such as immigration, voting rights, school discipline, student loans, Airbnb, the regulation of property carriers, and public procurement.  My Op-Ed in yesterday's Richmond Times Dispatch discussed some of the school discipline bills we will address.
 
You can watch the Senate floor sessions live or find archived video from earlier floor sessions here