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Virginia House clerk G. Paul Nardo (left) listens Monday to Delegate Jennifer L. McClellan (second from right) as she speaks with House Speaker William J. Howell (third from right) at the Capitol in Richmond. The Republican party has enjoyed a banner first half of the General Assembly session, pushing through far-reaching legislation. (Associated Press)

Virginia House clerk G. Paul Nardo (left) listens Monday to Delegate Jennifer L. McClellan (second from right) as she speaks with House Speaker William J. Howell (third from right) at the Capitol in Richmond. The Republican party has enjoyed a banner first half of the General Assembly session, pushing through far-reaching legislation. (Associated Press)

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