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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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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 were sworn in, and the Republican majority shrunk to 51-49. 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. I look forward to providing an update on this an other issues over the next six weeks.
On Monday, Governor McAuliffe unveiled the two-year budget covering July 2018 through June 2020. 

You can read the Governor's remarks at the joint money committees meeting here. You can read the Richmond Times-Dispatch's article on the budget here.

Last month we saw a Democratic wave election in which Ralph Northam, Justin Fairfax, and Mark Herring were elected Governor, Lt. Governor, and Attorney General, respectively, and Democrats in the House of Delegates climbed from 34 to 49!   
Majority control in the House is still up in the air, as four races go to recount.  In HD-94, Democrat Shelly Simonds trails Republican David Yancy by only 10 votes!  In HD-40, Donte Tanner trails Republican Tim Hugo by 106 votes.  And in HD-28, where 147 voters were given the wrong ballot, Democrat Josh Cole trails Republican Bob Thomas by only 82 votes.  Locally, in HD-68, Republican Manoli Loupassi requested a recount after conceding to Democrat Dawn Adams twice.  Dawn leads by 336 votes.  
In local upsets, Courtney Lynch was elected to serve as the Brookland representative on the Henrico County Board of Supervisors, flipping control of the Board to Democrats for the first time in decades.  In Chesterfield County, which voted for a Democratic Governor for the first time in over 50 years, Jenefer Hughes was elected to serve as Commissioner of the Revenue.