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Virginia stands at a critical moment in its history.

Senator Jennifer McClellan represents Virginia’s 9th Senate District and knows how to get the job done. She has a record of results as a Virginia community leader solving problems and delivering progressive change for over 15 years as a legislator.

MAJOR LEGISLATION


The Voting Rights Act of Virginia

SB 1395

The Voting Rights Act of Virginia, modeled after the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, makes Virginia the first Southern state to pass a Voting Rights Act. The bill will protect voters in the Commonwealth from suppression, discrimination, and intimidation. The Voting Rights Act will also require changes to local voting laws and regulations be advertised in advance for public comment and evaluated for their impact on Black, Indigenous and communities of color. The bill also allows the Attorney General or affected individual to initiate a civil action in court if the protections are violated.
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MAJOR LEGISLATION


Diminished Capacity Considerations in the Criminal Justice System

SB 1315

The Diminished Capacity Considerations in the Criminal Justice System bill reforms the criminal justice system for individuals with mental illness, autism, or developmental/intellectual disabilities by requiring judges to consider such conditions in bail and sentencing determinations, allowing related evidence during trials, and requiring more training about these conditions for judges and court appointed attorneys.
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MAJOR LEGISLATION


Child Care Stabilization and Quality Care

SB 1316

McClellan’s Child Care Stabilization and Quality Care bill helps stabilize the child care industry, which has been devastated by the COVID-19 crisis. McClellan’s bill provides greater financial stability for child care providers by launching a new two-year pilot program creating flexibility in how federal subsidy dollars are used. The bill also addresses child care staffing shortages by allowing portable background checks.
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Recent Updates

FINAL PASSAGE: McClellan/Torian Bill to Prevent Foreclosures Passes General Assembly, Moves to Governor’s Desk

The Preserving the American Dream Act will require mortgage companies to give a 60-day notice period to homeowners that are facing foreclosure, a significant increase from the current 14-day notice period. The bill will also require the notice to include information regarding legal assistance and resources for the homeowner. Additionally it requires localities to provide plans to maintain and improve manufactured housing and ensure residents of manufactured home communities are provided information about their rights and opportunities to have a greater say in the future of their communities.

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Senate Voting Rights Act of Virginia Bill Passes House

Today, the Virginia House of Delegates passed 55-45 the Senate version of the Voting Rights Act of Virginia (SB1395) to protect Virginia voters from suppression, discrimination, and intimidation. The bill now heads to Governor Ralph Northam’s desk for signing. The House version of the Voting Rights Act (HB 1890) is slated for a vote in the Senate later this week.

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Virginia Senate Passes Bill to Expand Abortion Access

“Today, Virginia moved one step closer to ending an unnecessary law that restricts Virginians’ reproductive health care options,” McClellan said in a statement. “Virginians deserve to be able to choose whatever health plan meets their needs, but that option is not available to Virginians covered by the exchange.”

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