RICHMOND, VA – Delegate Richard P. “Dickie” Bell (R-Staunton) announced today House Bills 98 and 217 have passed in the House of Delegates.
House Bill 217 provides that the provisions of the Government Data Collection and Dissemination Practices Act do not apply to personal information systems maintained by the Department of Social Services related to child welfare, adult services or adult protective services, or public assistance programs when requests for personal information are made to the Department of Social Services. It was reported from the Committee on General Laws with a vote of 22-0. It passed today unanimously.
House Bill 98 would amend the definition of the practice of athletic training so that licensed physical therapists may no longer direct such a practice. This bill simply cleans up the code to fit the current practices already in place. It was reported from the Committee on Health, Welfare, and Institutions with a vote of 22-0. It passed today unanimously.
“I am very happy to see that House Bills 98 and 217 have passed in the House of Delegates.” said Delegate Bell. “House Bill 98 removes clutter from the Code and helps Athletic Trainers and Physical Therapists understand the laws regarding their profession. House Bill 217 will help provide clarity to individuals in the Commonwealth about the difference between state and local social services departments, and will help keep them informed on where they should go to obtain their individual case information. I hope that each of these bills will continue to be successful in the State Senate.”
Elected to the House of Delegates in 2009, Delegate Bell represents the 20th District, which includes Highland County, portions of Augusta and Nelson Counties, and the Cities of Staunton and Waynesboro. He is currently serving in his 2nd term.