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Democrats in the General Assembly praised Allen’s ruling. Del. Jennifer McClellan, D-Richmond, said the U.S. Constitution that Allen upheld over Virginia’s document “was not designed to enshrine discrimination based on who you are and who you choose to love. That’s what a majority of Americans are starting to recognize.”


Delegate McClellan speaks on the House Floor in support the ruling by a U.S. District Judge in Norfolk that finds Virginia's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional.


When Virginia lawmakers tasked animal control officers with killing any dog caught injuring or slaying poultry, they were looking for a solution to a decidedly rural problem. But now that more people in urban areas are starting to keep chickens, too, it’s time for a change, Del. Jennifer McClellan said today.


Human trafficking is a multibillion dollar enterprise in which traffickers use force, intimidation, fraud or coercion to make their victims provide commercial sex, labor or services against their will. Due to the hidden nature of the crime, it is difficult to accurately track the number of cases. Estimates from the U.S. State Department and the International Labor Organization indicate more than 20 million people worldwide are victims of some kind of trafficking, with hundreds of thousands of victims here in the United States.

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Teachers are the single most important factor in the quality of a child’s education. Unfortunately, Virginia is facing a severe and growing shortage of qualified teachers.  In some high-poverty divisions, the shortage is reaching crisis levels. The number of unfilled teacher positions across Virginia has increased by 40 percent over the past 10 years. In 2016, two months into the school year more than 1,000 fully funded positions remained vacant.

Last week was the first full week of the 2018 General Assembly Session, and things are moving quickly. This week, I provide an update on my legislation and the budget amendments I have sponsored. 

Last week, the 2018 Virginia General Assembly Session convened for 60 days.  It was a historic week!  In the House of Delegates, 19 new members as the Republican majority shrunk to 51-49.  We also said farewell to Governor Terry McAuliffe, who gave his final State of the Commonwealth on Wednesday night, highlighting the significant accomplishments of the past four years. And on Saturday, Ralph Northam was sworn in as the 73rd Governor of the Commonwealth, Justin Fairfax was sworn as the 40th Lieutenant Governor, and Mark Herring was sworn in for a second term as Attorney General. 

Against this historic backdrop, the General Assembly began work on thousands of bills and the state biennial budget.