RICHMOND, VA – Delegate Richard P. “Dickie” Bell (R-Staunton) announced today he had a number of bills reported out of committee yesterday, January 25, 2011. Those reported were House Bill 217 and House Bill 98. House Bills 72 and 73 were reported out with motions to re-refer to Appropriations to determine the fiscal impact.
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.
House Bill 73 requires local departments of social services to screen each VIEW program participant to determine whether probable cause exists to believe the participant is engaged in the use of illegal substances. It was reported from the Committee of Health, Welfare, and Institutions with a vote of 14-8, and then re-referred to Appropriations.
House Bill 72 would require highway work zones to be clearly marked with warning signs and flashing lights. It was reported with a vote of 22-0 and re-referred to Appropriations.
“I am very happy to see that House Bills 217 and 78 were passed out of their respective committees unanimously.” said Delegate Bell. “I am pleased that House Bills 72 and 73 were reported, but disappointed that they have been referred to the Appropriations committee. I am hopeful that the Appropriations committee will be able to remove any questions that the other committees had on the financial impact they would have on the Commonwealth, and will allow this legislation to go before the entire body for a vote.”
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.