NEW PLAN: McClellan Proposes Economic Rebuilding Plan to Invest in Workers, Small Businesses, Address Inequity

Today, three of Senator Jennifer McClellan’s bills ‒ SB 1327, SB 1276, and SB 1439 ‒ were signed into law by Governor Ralph Northam. These bills will make Virginia the first state in the South to end the ban on abortion coverage on the health care exchange, help protect homeowners from foreclosure, and increase youth civic engagement. These three bills were in a package of ten McClellan bills that passed through the General Assembly. Sen. McClellan’s full legislative package will address the problems Virginia families face right now, in order to help rebuild a stronger, post-COVID-19 Commonwealth.

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Three McClellan Bills Signed Into Law

Today, three of Senator Jennifer McClellan’s bills ‒ SB 1327, SB 1276, and SB 1439 ‒ were signed into law by Governor Ralph Northam. These bills will make Virginia the first state in the South to end the ban on abortion coverage on the health care exchange, help protect homeowners from foreclosure, and increase youth civic engagement. These three bills were in a package of ten McClellan bills that passed through the General Assembly. Sen. McClellan’s full legislative package will address the problems Virginia families face right now, in order to help rebuild a stronger, post-COVID-19 Commonwealth.

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McClellan Amendments Incorporated Into Budget Report

Today, the General Assembly adjourned sine die after one of the most productive sessions in modern Virginia history. The session included 10 McClellan bills being passed into law. The legislature also adopted a joint budget conference report on Saturday, which included several amendments sponsored or associated with legislation sponsored by Senator Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond).

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Session Ends With 10 McClellan Bills Passed By General Assembly

Today, Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond) finished up the 2021 Virginia General Assembly Special Session with 10 of her bills on the way to Gov. Ralph Northam’s desk.

The 10 McClellan bills that have passed the General Assembly will help protect Virginans’ rights, invest in education, and strengthen families’ economic situation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Virginia families are hurting right now,” said Sen. McClellan. “These bills deliver much-needed relief to families facing challenges that existed before the COVID-19 pandemic, but have been exacerbated in the past year. This was a historic session for delivering progress for Virginians, and I’m proud to have worked with my colleagues on passing these landmark bills.”

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General Assembly Passes Locke/McClellan Bill to Reform Discriminatory HIV Laws

Today, the General Assembly passed Senator Mamie Locke (D-Hampton) and Senator Jennifer McClellan’s (D-Richmond) bill (SB 1138) to modernize outdated and ineffective 1980s-era laws that criminalize Virginians living with HIV. The bill now heads to Governor Ralph Northam’s desk.

Virginia’s current law subjects people living with HIV to criminal prosecution and punishment by criminalizing potential exposure, non-disclosure or potential transmission of HIV. These laws have been proven ineffective for public health and disproportionately impact communities of color.

The Locke-McClellan bill will ensure that Virginia’s laws reflect the current scientific understanding of HIV and promote public health by alleviating the stigma around HIV.

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McClellan Statement on Passage of Marijuana Reform Bill

“For the past year I’ve focused on ensuring marijuana legalization is done in a way that redresses the disproportionate impact prohibition has had on Black and Brown Communities,” McClellan said. “ The bill we passed today moves the ball forward, but let’s be clear: this is not marijuana legalization. It sets up a framework to get us on a path to legalization in 2024, gives JLARC an opportunity to compare the framework to it’s report, and ensures additional General Assembly action prior to marijuana reform and legalization.”

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McClellan Applauds Senate Passage of Paid Sick Leave Bill

“Home health workers are on the front line of the pandemic,” said Sen. McClellan. “They should not have to choose between their job and their health. This bill is a major relief to the 30,000 home health workers in Virginia, who are disproportionately women of color. This is a significant step, but we cannot rest until every worker in Virginia has access to paid sick days and paid family leave.”

“Home Care workers are essential workers, keeping older adults and people with disabilities safe,” said Thomasine Wilson, a constituent of McClellan’s who is a home care worker and Home Care Chair of SEIU Virginia 512. “Paid sick days are the lifeline we need to protect our health. Today is a great step towards that, and now we need to ensure paid sick days for all workers.”

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Voting Rights Act of Virginia Heads to Governor’s Desk

Today, the Voting Rights Act of Virginia (HB1890) achieved final passage in the Virginia Senate and is now on its way to Governor Ralph Northam’s desk. The bill will make Virginia the first state in the South to pass a Voting Rights Act.

The Senate voted 21-18 in favor of Delegate Marcia “Cia” Price’s (D-Newport News) Voting Rights Act of Virginia. Today’s vote comes on the heels of Wednesday’s passage of the Senate version of the Voting Rights Act of Virginia (SB1395), led by Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond).

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