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Jennifer McClellan at the General Assembly
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Jennifer McClellan accepting the VEA Legislative Champion Award

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Feb14

Far too often, the General Assembly is forced to address a long-standing problem in response to a tragedy and intense media attention. For example, it took the Virginia Tech and Deeds family tragedies to spur action to address long-simmering problems with our mental health system. This year, the murders of Morgan Harrington and Hannah Graham, and the firestorm unleashed by the Rolling Stone article about sexual assaults at the University of Virginia have sparked action on how college campuses should deal with such incidents. Given the complex nature of sexual assault cases and the multiple federal and criminal laws that already apply, taking action in the pressure cooker of a 45-day session is not an easy task.

Feb12

A bill to remove the requirement to indicate a criminal record on government employment applications died in a House subcommittee Wednesday. The measure was considered Wednesday by the Civil Law Subcommittee of the House Courts of Justice Committee. It died on a non-recorded voice vote to “gently” lay the bill on the table.

Del. Jennifer McClellan, D-Richmond, noted that the bill would provide only a starting point in the job application process. It would afford applicants the chance for an interview without their felony immediately disqualifying them, she said. “This is only at the entry level – getting your foot in the door,” said McClellan, a member of the subcommittee. “The point here is that … when you have that box on an application and it is checked, no matter who you are, it’s a scarlet letter; you’re not even getting in.”

Feb6

Del. Jennifer McClellan (left), D-Richmond, welcomes Charlottesville civil rights leaders Lorraine and Eugene Williams to the House of Delegates on Friday after they were recognized for their work in the community.

Feb5

Virginia is one of only three states in the nation where public breast-feeding is not protected by law. On Friday, the famously female-unfriendly legislature is poised to take the first step toward changing that. The House of Delegates is going to vote on a long-overdue bill that gives women the right to nurse their infants anywhere. The way it stands, a mom and her nursing infant can get kicked out of a gym, a store or a restaurant in Virginia for letting the infant, you know, eat lunch the way some babies do.

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We are now over a month into Special Session and have yet to complete work on the budget for the 2018-2020, which starts 

On Saturday, March 10th, the 2018 General Assembly Session adjourned sine die after passing over 800 bills. You can read a summary of some of the major legislation considered here. 

This is the final week of the 2018 General Assembly Session.  As of Tuesday evening, we have passed about 750 bills, with another 175 pending.  The Budget conferees have not yet reached an agreement to bridge the approximately $600 million gap between the House and Senate Budgets, primarily due to their disagreement over Medicaid Expansion. Seven of my bills have passed both the Senate and the House and now await action by the Governor.