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Jennifer McClellan's legislation is signed into law
Jennifer McClellan at the General Assembly
Senator McClellan Meets with constituents
Jennifer McClellan accepting the VEA Legislative Champion Award

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Apr22

Governor Terry McAuliffe today performed a ceremonial signing of several bills that will significantly expand the growth of clean energy jobs in Virginia.  Governor McAuliffe was joined by a broad, bipartisan coalition of legislators, environmental leaders and industry representatives who were instrumental in securing passage of these pro-jobs, pro-clean energy initiatives during the 2015 General Assembly Session.

“Creating laws that attract clean energy to Virginia will help to build economic and environmental sustainability for Virginia families, communities and businesses,” said Delegate Jennifer McClellan.  “I am pleased to work alongsideGovernor McAuliffe in the creation of laws that pave a way for energy innovations.”

Apr21

In 2011, Delegate McClellan sponsored legislation tha allows for the creation of B Corporations in Virginia. As a certified B Corporation, Impact Makers is a business that formally adopts a social mission in addition to pursuing profit. On Tuesday, Impact Makers announced that has given ownership of the company to two organizations that support philanthropy and community development: Virginia Community Capital and The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia. 

Apr11

This Wednesday, the Virginia General Assembly will reconvene for one day to take action on Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s amendments to, and vetoes of, several pieces of legislation. At a press conference on March 30, Gov. McAuliffe outlined the standard he used to evaluate the 800 bills sent to his desk: “Does this legislation make Virginia more competitive and improve people’s lives, and if not, can I amend it to ensure that it does?”

Feb28

During the 2013 gubernatorial campaign, there was nearly universal agreement that Virginia’s Standards of Learning high-stakes assessment system needed reform. To that end, the 2014 General Assembly eliminated several SOL tests for elementary and middle school students, while still requiring school divisions to administer alternative assessments in the subject areas.

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New Laws Take Effect

On July 1st, the majority of legislation passed by the 2018 General Assembly Session took effect.  In Due Course, published by the Division of Legislative Services, provides a good overview of new laws likely to affect the daily lives of Virginians. 

Complete information on actions of the 2018 General Assembly Session can be found on the Legislative Information System webpage.

Finally!

After five years of trying, the General Assembly passed a budget last week that includes Medicaid Expansion.

Once the Federal government approves Virginia's pan, 18-64 years olds who earn up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level will be eligible for Medicaid. This will close the coverage gap for nearly 300,000 Virginians who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid now, but not enough to qualify for subsidies on the federal health insurance marketplace. The plan includes a work requirement in which able-bodied adults under 65 are required to work, seek employment, or participate in job training, education, or community/engagement programs that improve work readiness. Exemptions are provided for children, pregnant women, the aged, disabled, and seriously mentally ill, caregivers of disabled dependents, and individuals working in the TANF VIEW program or SNAP. These requirements are waived in parts of the state with high unemployment.