Bell Sounds from the 20th - July 22, 2014

I hope you are all having a wonderful summer. I’ve enjoyed seeing many of you out at various lawn parties and other celebrations!   

I just want to take a few minutes to share a couple of updates with you.

Valley Business Summit at Blue Ridge Community College

Last year several area legislators along with local business and economic development organizations hosted a business summit at Blue Ridge Community College to help entrepreneurs learn about various resources and strategies for starting and growing their business.

Due to the great success of the event last year, Delegates Ben Cline, Steve Landes, and Tony Wilt have decided to host it again this year on Monday, August 4. Though the event is free and open to the public, an RSVP is required.

The format for this year’s event will remain largely the same.  We will again have a feedback forum at the conclusion of the event for the state legislators to hear your suggestions and concerns related to the business climate in the Commonwealth.  

The Business Summit will begin with registration from 7:30 am to 8:00 am and is set to conclude around noon. Again, it's free to attend, but an RSVP is requested by July 28. Click here to learn more about the event and to RSVP

Please feel free to share the information regarding the Valley Business Summit to anyone you feel might be interested.

Session Summary

On July 1, the majority of legislation that passed into law during the 2014 General Assembly Session went into effect.

Each year the Division of Legislative Services issues a publication that outlines the legislation that will likely have an impact on the lives of most citizens. You can click here to view that document.  

Please understand that this is by no means a complete list of bills that passed into law during the 2014 session.  For more information about legislation from the 2014 Session, please visit lis.virginia.gov. You can also contact our office if you have any questions.

Medicaid Update

As you will undoubtedly recall, Medicaid Expansion was one of the most pressing issues of the 2014 Legislative Session.  Throughout the Session and Special Session, my colleagues and I continually advocated that Medicaid expansion be separated from the budget and considered on its own merit. 

We passed a budget in June that did not include expansion.  In keeping with our promises to give Medicaid expansion full consideration outside of the budgetary process, Speaker Howell announced recently that we will be returning to Richmond in September to continue the Medicaid debate.

While I continue to have significant concerns with expanding the program, I believe that given the number of people potentially affected by this decision, it is important that we continue this debate. I look forward to returning to Richmond to fully consider any and all proposals. I will be sure to keep you updated as more details become available.  

Contact

I always enjoy hearing from many of you regarding the issues that matter most to you. You can reach us by email at deldbell@house.virginia.gov, or by phone at 540-448-3999.

You can also reach us by mail at Post Office Box 239, Staunton, Virginia 24402.

Thank you for allowing me to serve as your delegate.

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