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Bill allowing no-excuse absentee voting passes Virginia Senate

By DEAN MIRSHAHI, WRIC-TV

On the day thousands of gun-rights supporters converged on Capitol grounds for Lobby Day, the Virginia State Senate advanced a bill that would allow no-excuse absentee voting. Senate Bill 111, introduced by state Sen. Janet D. Howell (D-Fairfax) passed with a 31-9 vote on Monday. State Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond), the co-patron on SB 111, shared a tweet following the vote.

VaNews January 21, 2020


McClellan Still Contemplating 2021 Gubernatorial Run, But Not Interested in Lower Posts

By BEN PAVIOUR, WCVE-FM

Democratic state senator Jennifer McClellan says she’s still thinking seriously about a run for governor in 2021, but isn’t interested in lower posts. “I really like the Senate,” McClellan said in a recent interview with VPM News. “So far I can only think of one job I'd be willing to leave it for.”

VaNews December 31, 2019


Bill Targets Discrimination Against Affordable Housing Projects

By BEN PAVIOUR, WCVE-FM

Affordable housing developers sometimes get a cold reception from local officials and residents. Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond) blames misconceptions about who lives there “and a veiled fear about who lives in affordable housing.” McClellan is sponsoring a bill that would ban localities from discriminating against affordable housing projects when it comes to zoning and permitting. The bill also makes it clear that localities can’t discriminate on the basis of basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, elderliness, familial status or handicap when it comes to zoning decisions.

VaNews December 30, 2019


Legislators continue to address high eviction rates in Virginia

By JASON BOLEMAN, VCU Capital News Service

Scholars, lawyers and lawmakers are still grappling with high eviction rates in Virginia and how to enact solutions. A panel Thursday at Virginia Commonwealth University addressed the Eviction Lab at Princeton University’s findings that five cities in Virginia ranked in the top 10 for national eviction rates, including Richmond, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk and Chesapeake. The local eviction rates ranged from 11.4% in Richmond to 7.9% in Chesapeake. The rate represents the number of evictions per 100 rental homes in an area.

VaNews October 1, 2019


After scandals, two new PACs form to fill the fundraising gap

By MECHELLE HANKERSON, Virginia Mercury

Sen. Jennifer McClellan’s new political action committee isn’t for a gubernatorial run — at least not yet. The Richmond Democrat launched Virginia United this week with the goal of helping capture the General Assembly.

VaNews May 8, 2019


Va. state Sen. McClellan launches PAC — possibly signaling a bid for governor

By LAURA VOZZELLA, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

State Sen. Jennifer L. McClellan has launched a new political action committee intended to help Democrats win control of the state House and Senate in the fall — and perhaps advance her own chances in a potential bid for statewide office in 2021.

VaNews May 7, 2019


‘Underlying behavior’ key in remedying school suspensions disparity, lawmaker says

By MELISSA HIPOLIT, WTVR-TV

A recently released report found black students in Virginia are being suspended at an alarming rate. Several years after State Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond) requested that school divisions in the Commonwealth keep suspension data to see if there are disparities when it comes to who is getting suspended, she said the numbers continue to concern her.

VaNews October 27, 2018