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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Domestic Workers Bill of Rights Passes General Assembly, Headed to Governor’s Desk

On Friday February 19, 2021, the House passed Senator Jennifer McClellan’s (D-Richmond) SB1310, an omnibus bill. Today, the House accepted technical Senate amendments to Delegates Marcia Price’s (D-Newport News) HB 1864. Both bills now head to the Governor’s desk.

Under Virginia law – a relic of Jim Crow-era policies – domestic workers are not entitled to the same protections as other workers under the Virginia Human Rights Act and Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations. McClellan’s and Price’s bills remove these exemptions and protect domestic workers.

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McClellan’s Bill to Increase School Staffing Funding by $50M Passes House

oday, the House passed Sen. Jennifer McClellan’s (D-Richmond) bill (SB 1257) to invest an additional $50 million per year into Virginia schools by implementing some of the Virginia Board of Education’s Standards of Quality recommendations for increased school support staffing. The bill passed the House 63-37 and now heads to Governor Ralph Northam’s desk.

Sen. McClellan’s bill will take steps toward meeting the support needs of students in Virginia by providing and funding more social workers, nurses, and mental health professionals in our schools to address students’ needs. The bill will require each school board to provide at least three specialized student support positions per 1,000 students.

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House Passes McClellan’s Child Care Stabilization and Quality Care Bill 

Today, the House passed Sen. Jennifer McClellan’s (D-Richmond) Child Care Stabilization and Quality Care bill (SB 1316). Sen. McClellan’s bill will invest in the Virginia child care industry by launching a new two-year pilot program creating flexibility in how federal subsidy dollars are used while also addressing staffing shortages by implementing portable background checks. The bill passed unanimously in the House and now heads to Governor Ralph Northam’s desk.

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FINAL PASSAGE: McClellan’s Civic Youth Engagement Bill Passes Senate, Headed to Governor’s Desk

Today, the Virginia Senate passed Senator Jennifer McClellan’s (D-Richmond) civic youth engagement bill (SB 1439), which will allow middle and high school students an excused absence per year in order to participate in a civic event. The bill passed the Senate 25-14 on final passage, accepting a technical amendment from the House.

Del. Sam Rasoul’s (D-Roanoke) companion bill passed on Wednesday. The bills are now on the way to Governor Ralph Northam’s desk.

The bills will allow students to get involved in government and communities and learn the importance of civic engagement. This bipartisan bill was the result of a collaboration between the Virginia Young Democrats Teen Caucus and the Teenage Republican Federation of Virginia.

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McClellan Statement on Passage of Bill to Abolish Death Penalty

“This is a historic day for criminal justice reform in Virginia. Today’s vote sets Virginia on a path to end a barbaric system that disproportionately punished Black and Brown people. Ending capital punishment is a critical step on the long path to build a justice system that is truly just.

I’m proud to co-patron this bill that will make Virginia the first state in the South to abolish the death penalty.”

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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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Stabilizing the Child Care System

As the child of educators (including an early childhood educator) I have long understood the important foundation early childhood education provides. As a policymaker, I have reviewed the vast body of scientific research that has established that 90 percent of brain development occurs before age 5 and understood the implications for school readiness and our educational system.

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Virginians deserve education equity

The Virginia Constitution strives to provide all children in Virginia access to a free, public “educational program of high quality. But, too often, Virginia’s actions haven’t lived up to those words. Our public education system consistently has been underfunded, and too many children – particularly those in lower-income communities – are inhibited from accessing a “high quality” education.

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