Delegate Richard P. “Dickie” Bell (R-Staunton) announced today that House Bill 1679, a bill patroned by Delegate Bell has been signed by Governor McDonnell.
House Bill 1679 is a bill that was handed down from the Department of Health and Human Resources, and would authorize the State Executive Council for Comprehensive Services for At-Risk Youth and Families, a council on which Delegate Bell sits, to deny funding to a locality if services are not in compliance with applicable state or federal law.
“I am very pleased that Governor McDonnell signed House Bill 1679 into law.” said Bell. “This legislation will help ensure that localities appropriately use funding allocated for services for At-Risk youth, and penalize those who fail to do so. This will be a crucial tool in helping these children.”
The bill passed both Houses of the legislature unanimously. It was signed by Governor McDonnell on March 23, 2011, and went into effect immediately.
Elected to the House of Delegates in 2009, Delegate Bell represents the 20th District, which includes Highland County, portions of Augusta and Rockingham Counties, and the City of Staunton.