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Mar12

Wednesday morning, Democratic House Leader David Toscano, Democratic Caucus Chair Mark Sickles, and Democratic Caucus Vice Chair Jennifer McClellan held a press call on the House Republicans refusal to take any action to close the coverage gap. “House Republicans continue to play Washington-style, shutdown politics that is costing Virginia taxpayers’ money and leaving thousands of uninsured Virginians without access to quality, affordable health care,” said Democratic Caucus Vice Chair Jennifer McClellan. “This obstructionism has already lost $355 million of our own Federal tax dollars this year, and we will continue to lose money until the House Republicans come to the table."

Mar12

If you thought the debate over healthcare expansion ended when the General Assembly adjourned last week, think again. Lawmakers will take it all back up again March 24, and they're using the break to hear from you. Republicans and Democrats say little has really changed since they left Saturday. They're still miles apart on healthcare expansion and the state budget but they say your voice could help break the stalemate.

"We need to get back to the people who would be directly affected by our decision," said 71st District Delegate Jennifer McClellan (D).

Mar8

As I write this column, the 2014 General Assembly is winding down its work in advance of our scheduled March 8 adjournment. Of course, the most important bill we have to address, the Biennial Budget, is still in conference committee. Once again, we appear to be headed for overtime. Unfortunately, this is not unusual.

Mar5

State lawmakers are moving forward with a precedent-setting change in school textbooks. The bill will require textbooks to note the body of water commonly known as the Sea of Japan is also known as the East Sea. The seemingly minor change is a sensitive topic for Korean-Americans.

“We as a commonwealth cannot and should not pick and choose whose history we will accurately portray,” said 71st District Delegate McClellan.

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In addition to my legislative activities, being a member of the General Assembly has afforded me the opportunity to serve on, and now Chair the Virginia General Assembly’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission.  Created in 1992 to honor the memory and legacy of Dr. King, the Commission continues his work through educational, historical and cultural programs, public policy analysis, and public discourse on contemporary issues.  

Now that we have crossed the mid-point of the 2018 General Assembly Session, bills are quickly finding their way to the Governor's office.  On Friday, I was honored to join Senators Bill Stanley and Lynwood Lewis, and Delegate Charles Poindexter in Patrick County for Governor Northam's first bill signing. SB 866 (Stanley) and HB 175(Poindexter) extend the license for Pioneer Community Hospital in order to facilitate efforts to find an operator to reopen the hospital and offer local residents better access to critical health services. 

We have reached the halfway point of the 2018 General Assembly Session, known as “Crossover.”  Tuesday was the last day for the House and Senate to complete work on their own bills. On Wednesday, they began hearing bills that passed the other body.  We have just over three weeks left to address nearly 2,000 pending bills. 

This week I’d like to highlight SB 181 (Stanley), which I co-sponsored, to repeal Virginia’s law mandating automatic suspension of driver’s licenses for failure to pay fines and court costs, which passed the Senate last week 33-6.