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Nov27

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

Del. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond) announced Monday morning her plan to run for Virginia Senate.

McClellan was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates from the 71st District in 2005. She will be running for Sen. Donald McEachin’s seat after he was elected to Congress last Tuesday.

Nov27

Persuading the Virginia General Assembly to change the state formula used to dole out dollars for public education is going to be a tough sell, members of the Richmond delegation to the state legislature told local officials at an annual summit held Wednesday afternoon.

Nov27

Women in central Virginia are discussing how they can continue to make progress in politics following Hillary Clinton's loss in the presidential election.

More than 50 women came together Saturday for a Women Leaders of Virginia event in Charlottesville. They discussed some of their disappointment after Clinton's loss. But, they say they're choosing to focus on how to be more involved in local governments.

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We're nearly one-third of the way through the 2017 Session.  This week is the last week Senate and House committees will act on bills before crossover, so we are in for long days.  
 
On Monday, the Senate considered SB 1055 increasing the penalties for failure to leave the place of any riot or unlawful assembly after being lawfully warned to disperse. I highlighted my opposition to this bill  in last week's newsletteron the radio, in my most recent Richmond Free Press update, and spoke against the bill on the Senate floor.  I'm pleased to report the bill was defeated  14-26.  You can watch my floor remarks opposing the bill  here.
 
 

 We are now two weeks into the 2017 Session, and the pace has picked up dramatically.  As we celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday and ushered in the Trump Administration, the Senate considered several bills introduced by Republican Senator Richard Stuart that increase penalties for civil disobedience. These bills are part of a troubling trend by Republican legislators in several states to quash civil disobedience and curb First Amendment rights in the wake of the Black Lives Matter Movement, Trump Presidency protests, and the recent Women’s March on Washington.  In addition to Virginia, similar bills have been introduced in Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Washington. 

 

Last week was the first full week of the 2017 Session, and we began to address the thousands of bills filed. Committee assignments were also announced, and I was appointed to serve on the Agriculture, Conservation & Natural Resources; Local Government; and Transportation Committees.