We have just completed our second full week of the legislative session. Many bills have made their way through the committee process, and we are starting to see longer sessions on the House floor.
I’d like to give you a brief update on how things are progressing.
As I mentioned in a previous email blast this week, a bill allowing limited hunting on Sundays advanced from the Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake, and Natural Resources.
I asked for your feedback and was overwhelmed by the response. We received hundreds of emails from across the 20th House District from hunters and non-hunters alike. I am so grateful to each of you that took the time to contact me with your thoughts on this issue, and I appreciate your interest and participation in the process more than you know. I truly believe that the participation of the people in the process is what makes our representative government the best in the world.
We are still monitoring the emails, but we will update you on the final tally next week.
Though we are still fairly early in the Session, I have already had five of my own bills advance through the process.
House Bills 520, 521, and 522, all legislation dealing with the Comprehensive Services Act for At Risk Youth and Families, passed in the House of Delegates.
House Bill 294, legislation requested by the City of Staunton that would authorize local boards of social services to employ in-house counsel, advanced in the House with a vote of 95-0. Additionally House Bill 190, which would authorize athletic trainers to possess and administer oxygen for use in an emergency situation, advanced in the House on a 91-0 vote.
These bills are simple addendums to existing code that strengthen existing law and do not increase the size or the cost of government. In these cases they simply clarify existing code.
Last Chance to Take the 2014 Legislative Survey!
If you haven’t already had a chance, please take our 2014 Legislative Survey. You can find the survey online by clicking here. The results of these surveys are immensely helpful to me in better representing you in Richmond. You are welcome and encouraged to forward the survey to any friends and family, as well as community, social, and/or church groups.
We will continue to run the survey through January 31, and will publish the results once we close the survey and tally the results.
Though we did our best to include a wide range of topics, we are unable to cover everything. If there is an issue that is important to you that we didn’t include on the survey, please feel free to email or call us with your thoughts.
Visitors This Week
This week due to the weather at home, many of our constituents who had planned to visit were unable to do so. We missed seeing local representatives from our credit unions, the Virginia Society of CPAs, and others.
We did have a few visitors from home that braved the weather to visit us this week. We were able to spend a few minutes with Lisa Wooten from the Waynesboro Registrar’s office. Additionally we were able to see John Hill and David Ledbetter, as well as Dennis Baugh who was representing Valley Children’s Center.
Christa Pierpont was in town advocating for Just Children, and though we never had a chance to visit with him, I know that Bo Wilson of Dr. Pepper of Staunton dropped by as well.
We are always grateful to see friendly faces from home. If you plan to be in Richmond over the next few weeks, we would love for you to drop by.
Even with the tight committee schedule, we do our best to see as many constituents as possible. Though appointments are not required, they are strongly encouraged. To make an appointment, call Savanna at 804-698-1020.
While we are in Session, we will be operating out of our Richmond Office. To contact us in Richmond, please call 804-698-1020. You can also reach us by email at DelDBell@house.virginia.gov. If you would like to send written correspondence, you can mail it to Post Office Box 406, Richmond, Virginia 23218. You can also fax it to 804-698-6720.
We look forward to hearing from you over the next few weeks!
As always, I thank you for allowing me to serve as your Delegate.