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Feb20

Delegate Jennifer McClellan spoke on the House floor on the proposed budget amendment that would prohibit using medicaid funding for abortions in the case of gross fetal abnormalities: As in past years, House Republicans are seeking to restrict access to healthcare to women in cases where their pregnancies go horribly wrong. She spoke against this budget amendment, and you can view her remarks here.

Feb18

In the eternal battle of dog against chicken, Virginia law sides with the fowl. Currently, a poultry farmer is free to kill a dog that so much as chases his chickens. But the growing popularity of backyard chicken farming, along with dog owners protesting what they see as an antiquated law, could change that. On Tuesday, a bill that would revoke the doggie death penalty cleared the legislature, although it doesn’t go as far as dog lovers would like.

Del. Jennifer J. McClellan (D-Richmond) was urged to introduce the bill by officials in Richmond, where urban chickens were just legalized. She aimed to let urban communities decide whether to continue letting chicken-coop justice prevail. After pushback from the farm lobby, her bill was softened so that officers could choose to seize, rather than destroy, a marauding dog.

Feb16

America's cultural divide was on full display Friday as opposing sides of the gay marriage debate reacted in predictable fashion to a Norfolk federal judge's ruling that Virginia's ban on same-sex nuptials is unconstitutional. Democrats hailed the judge's decision as the latest in a series of historic triumphs for equality under the law.

Del. Jennifer McClellan, D-Richmond, noted that Wright Allen prefaced her decision with a quote from Mildred Loving, a plaintiff in the landmark 1967 U.S. Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia, which overturned Virginia's ban on interracial marriage. "Our United States Constitution was not designed to enshrine discrimination based on who you are and who you choose to love," she said. "And that's what a majority of Americans are starting to recognize."

Feb14

Democrats in the General Assembly praised Allen’s ruling. Del. Jennifer McClellan, D-Richmond, said the U.S. Constitution that Allen upheld over Virginia’s document “was not designed to enshrine discrimination based on who you are and who you choose to love. That’s what a majority of Americans are starting to recognize.”

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Last week was the first full week of the 2018 General Assembly Session, and things are moving quickly. This week, I provide an update on my legislation and the budget amendments I have sponsored. 

Last week, the 2018 Virginia General Assembly Session convened for 60 days.  It was a historic week!  In the House of Delegates, 19 new members as the Republican majority shrunk to 51-49.  We also said farewell to Governor Terry McAuliffe, who gave his final State of the Commonwealth on Wednesday night, highlighting the significant accomplishments of the past four years. And on Saturday, Ralph Northam was sworn in as the 73rd Governor of the Commonwealth, Justin Fairfax was sworn as the 40th Lieutenant Governor, and Mark Herring was sworn in for a second term as Attorney General. 

Against this historic backdrop, the General Assembly began work on thousands of bills and the state biennial budget.  

Last week, the 2018 Virginia General Assembly Session convened for 60 days.  It was a historic week!  In the House of Delegates, 19 new members were sworn in, and the Republican majority shrunk to 51-49. On Saturday, Ralph Northam was sworn in as the 73rd Governor of the Commonwealth, Justin Fairfax was sworn as the 40th Lieutenant Governor, and Mark Herring was sworn in for a second term as Attorney General.  
 
Against this historic backdrop, the General Assembly began work on thousands of bills and the state biennial budget. I look forward to providing an update on this an other issues over the next six weeks.