Bell Sounds from the 20th-January 13

Bell Sounds from the 20th The 2012 Session is underway! Session convened on Wednesday, and I was honored to be officially sworn in for my 2nd term in the House of Delegates. Over 1,000 pieces of legislation have been filed, so it looks as though we are going to be very busy once again this year.


Spotlight On: Governor’s State of the Commonwealth Address

In his speech on Wednesday night, Governor McDonnell set out a bold agenda in his State of the Commonwealth address. Governor McDonnell also challenged Republicans and Democrats in both chambers to work together for the benefit of all Virginians. A number of the proposals he laid out in his speech will likely receive bipartisan support, such as initiatives to continue to help businesses create new jobs and opportunities, a $200 million investment in our colleges and universities to expand enrollment at an affordable cost, and a record $2.2 billion investment in the Virginia Retirement System (VRS) for our teachers and state employees.

Of course, not all of the Governor’s proposals will enjoy bipartisan support, and there will be spirited debate about those proposals; however, I believe those disagreements will not lead to the partisan gridlock we see in Washington.

In case you were unable to watch the Governor’s address live, below are links to the text and video from the Governor’s State of the Commonwealth Address.

Text from State of the Commonwealth:

http://www.governor.virginia.gov/MediaLibrary/Speeches/2012/SOC.cfm

Video link to State of the Commonwealth:

http://www2.timesdispatch.com/news/2012/jan/11/1/state-of-the-commonwealth-55854-vi-33773/

Governor’s Press Conferences

Monday I had the privilege of attending a K-12 Education Press Conference with Governor McDonnell. I have been chosen by the Governor to carry a couple of pieces of education legislation and was pleased to stand along with him as he unveiled this agenda. You can read more about the Governor’s education package online at

http://www.governor.virginia.gov/News/viewRelease.cfm?id=1076.

Tuesday I had another opportunity to join the Governor and the House and Senate Republican leadership as they released their 2012 Legislative Agenda. You can read more about the 2012 Republican Legislative agenda online at

http://www.governor.virginia.gov/News/viewRelease.cfm?id=1077

Committee Assignments

Wednesday I received news that Speaker Bill Howell has appointed me to the House Committee on Finance. The Finance committee handles legislation that pertains to revenue and taxation in the Commonwealth. I look forward to the new challenges that will come with this assignment.

I was also reappointed to the Committee on Health, Welfare, and Institutions, as well as the Committee on Education.

2012 Legislative Survey

Each year my office conducts a legislative survey at the beginning of Session. These surveys are extremely important to me in gauging the views of the residents of the 20th District so that I can better represent you in Richmond.

If you haven’t already done so, you can complete the survey by clicking here.

Legislation

You can see the legislation that I have filed for this session here. You’re encouraged to take a look, and we will frequently update you on the status of this legislation as it moves forward.

Visitors

This week I was very happy to see a few bankers from across the Valley. We had folks drop by from Capitol One, and I was also very happy to see my friend Greg Godsey. As always we were also happy to visit with our friends at the Rockingham County Fair Association.

Contact Us

Our office is currently operating out of our Richmond Office for the entirety of the 2012 Session. You can contact us here by phone at 804-698-1020, or by email at DelDBell@house.virginia.gov.

If you’re in the Richmond area we’d love to see you. We make constituent visits a priority and do our best to meet with as many as possible. In order to help us accommodate you we encourage you to call and make an appointment.

We hope to hear from you while we are here. If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to voice your opinion on key pieces of legislation that may impact the District or the Commonwealth, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thanks again for allowing me to serve as your Delegate.

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