McClellan Legislation Will Protect Homeowners, Expand Access to Abortion Care, and Increase Youth Civic Engagement
RICHMOND, Va. – Today, three of Senator Jennifer McClellan’s (D-Richmond) 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.
“I am very glad to see these critical bills signed into law by Governor Northam,” said Sen. McClellan. “Virginia is now the first state in the South to end political restrictions on abortion access and reproductive coverage on the exchange. By repealing the ban on abortion coverage by plans on the health care exchange, we have removed yet another medically unnecessary barrier preventing access to reproductive care.
“The Preserving the American Dream Act will improve Virginians’ options when facing foreclosure to help families stay in their homes. The Civic Youth Engagement bill will help the younger generation engage with their communities and their government. I am grateful for Governor Northam’s support of the work we’ve done to deliver relief to Virginians and build a more equitable Commonwealth.”
The following McClellan were signed into law:
- The Preserving the American Dream Act (SB 1327) creates additional protections from foreclosure to help Virginians stay in their homes, including changing the foreclosure notice period from 14 to 60 days and requiring the mortgage company to provide information about legal assistance and housing counselors. 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 opportunities to have a greater say in the future of their communities. Delegate Luke Torian (D-Prince William) carried the companion bill in the House.
- A bill to repeal the ban on abortion coverage on the health exchange (SB 1276) makes Virginia the first state in the South to remove the ban on abortion coverage for health insurance plans offered through the health benefits exchange. This will make it possible for more Virginians to afford a full range of reproductive health care. Delegate Sally Hudson (D-Charlottesville) carried the companion bill in the House.
- The Civic Youth Engagement bill (SB 1439) allows middle and high school students one excused absence per year to participate in a civic event. Delegate Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke) carried the companion bill in the House. This bill was a collaboration between the Virginia Young Democrats Teen Caucus and the Teenage Republican Federation of Virginia.