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Feb21

A bill giving animal control officers flexibility in dealing with livestock-injuring dogs is heading to the desk of Gov. Terry McAuliffe for signature, after passing the Senate unanimously this week. Under current law if a dog is found chasing, injuring or killing poultry and livestock, animal control and police officers have a duty to kill the dog, whether it has tags or not. Del. Jennifer McClellan, D-Richmond, proposed House Bill 740 this session to not only give officers more flexibility, but also to give pet owners peace of mind about their dogs. McClellan says that this bill is particularly necessary in the city because of recent ordinances that allow up to four hens to be kept in people’s backyards.

Feb20

Delegate Jennifer McClellan spoke on the House floor on the proposed budget amendment that would prohibit using medicaid funding for abortions in the case of gross fetal abnormalities: As in past years, House Republicans are seeking to restrict access to healthcare to women in cases where their pregnancies go horribly wrong. She spoke against this budget amendment, and you can view her remarks here.

Feb18

In the eternal battle of dog against chicken, Virginia law sides with the fowl. Currently, a poultry farmer is free to kill a dog that so much as chases his chickens. But the growing popularity of backyard chicken farming, along with dog owners protesting what they see as an antiquated law, could change that. On Tuesday, a bill that would revoke the doggie death penalty cleared the legislature, although it doesn’t go as far as dog lovers would like.

Del. Jennifer J. McClellan (D-Richmond) was urged to introduce the bill by officials in Richmond, where urban chickens were just legalized. She aimed to let urban communities decide whether to continue letting chicken-coop justice prevail. After pushback from the farm lobby, her bill was softened so that officers could choose to seize, rather than destroy, a marauding dog.

Feb16

America's cultural divide was on full display Friday as opposing sides of the gay marriage debate reacted in predictable fashion to a Norfolk federal judge's ruling that Virginia's ban on same-sex nuptials is unconstitutional. Democrats hailed the judge's decision as the latest in a series of historic triumphs for equality under the law.

Del. Jennifer McClellan, D-Richmond, noted that Wright Allen prefaced her decision with a quote from Mildred Loving, a plaintiff in the landmark 1967 U.S. Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia, which overturned Virginia's ban on interracial marriage. "Our United States Constitution was not designed to enshrine discrimination based on who you are and who you choose to love," she said. "And that's what a majority of Americans are starting to recognize."

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Today is "Crossover," the midway point of the Session where the House and Senate must complete work on their bills.  You can follow my bills and their progress through the General Assembly on the LIS website, and you can read a summary of all of my 2018 legislation and view committee hearings for each on my website

I am eager to hear from you on issues you care about. To share your views on legislation, contact my office at (804) 698-7509 or district09@senate.virginia.gov. You can also stop by my office in the Pocahontas Building at 900 East Main Street. My offices are located in E512.

Agriculture is Virginia’s largest industry.  Yet many communities in the commonwealth do not have enough places to purchase healthy, affordable food as a wide variety of factors have led supermarkets to disinvest from lower-income areas across the commonwealth, creating a public health crisis. 

As we enter the last full week of committee meetings before crossover, the days at the General Assembly are getting longer. In this update, I report on my legislationi, the bills that have passed the Senate that I co-sponsored, and the call to action issued by African American women legislators, the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, and other leaders.

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