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Today, Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond) applauded the Senate passage of five criminal justice reform bills that increase transparency, eliminate excessive penalties, and provide long-awaited parole eligibility to hundreds of offenders stuck in a parole loophole.

A lot has happened as we head into "Crossover" tomorrow (the day by which each house must compete work on its own bills).  
 
First, the Senate passed legislation to make voting easier by repealing the requireme

Today, Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond) applauded the Senate passage of a bill to reduce the number of Virginia students facing criminal charges for behavior that should be handled through the school discipline process. 

McClellan’s SB 3, which passed unanimously, would eliminate the vague Class 1 misdemeanor “disorderly conduct” charge for student behavior deemed disruptive at a school or school-sponsored event. 

RICHMOND, VA – Today, Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond) applauded the Senate passage of a bill that would protect public housing tenants from being quickly evicted from their homes due to a pending demolition.

McClellan’s bill, SB 708, passed the Senate today. The bill requires housing authorities to issue a notice of intent to tenants a minimum 9-months before submitting federal plans to demolish or redevelop a housing project. 

 
This was a major week for advancing women's rights!  
 
Last Monday, Virginia became the 38th state to ratify the ERA when the Senate passed HJ 1 and the House passed SJ 1.  What made it all the

On Wednesday, the Virginia Senate passed Sen. Jennifer McClellan’s (D-Richmond) study resolution to explore the feasibility of a Commonwealth Corridor passenger rail system that would connect Hampton Roads to Richmond to the New River Valley.

On Wednesday, the Virginia Senate passed a resolution from Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond), creating the first-ever study of Virginia’s social work workforce. 

Under SJ 49, the Department of Health Professions will form a work group that will explore the recruitment, retention, research, reinvestment, and need for possible additional social workers in Virginia.

Today, Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond) applauded the Senate passage of the landmark Reproductive Health Protection Act to remove medically unnecessary restrictions for a patient seeking access to safe and legal abortion, which insert government in the provider/patient relationship.

McClellan’s bill, SB 733, eliminates restrictions passed by Republican-held legislatures over the last decade, including the controversial 2012 law requiring ultrasounds and a 24-hour waiting period prior to an abortion. SB 733 also removes targeted regulation of abortion providers (TRAP) laws that require abortion providers to be regulated like hospitals and allows women to access early abortion care from a highly trained clinician.

To say last week was interesting is an understatement. Over 20,000 people, many from out of state, descended on the Capitol to protest gun violence prevention measures supported overwhelmingly by Virginia voters. Others sought to take advantage of the situation to incite a race war.  Thanks to the State of Emergency declared by the Governor and thorough planning of Virginia State Police, Capitol Police, and the Richmond Police Department, no incidents were reported.  However, many Richmonders were afraid to go downtown or felt terrorized when they did. Other groups who traditionally lobby the General Assembly on MLK Day canceled their plans and stayed away.  What was normally a bustling day in the Pocahontas Building and Capitol with constituents sharing their views on legislation with their representatives became an eerily quiet day.  

Today, Sen. Jennifer McClellan released the following statement on the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment in Virginia.

“Today, Virginia makes headlines and history for all the right reasons,” Sen. McClellan said. “By adding the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution, we take an imperfect document and make it closer to perfect. We can tell our children they are all equally represented in the Constitution and that we are one step closer to achieving liberty and justice for all.”

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