Delegate Richard P. “Dickie” Bell (R-Staunton) announced today that House Bill 1435, a bill patroned by Delegate Bell, has advanced from the Education Committee today, January 31, 2011.
House Bill 1435 provides that local school boards that choose to offer American Sign Language must grant credit for successful completion as a foreign language course. Additionally, public colleges and universities must allow American Sign Language to satisfy foreign language entrance requirements.
“I am thrilled to see House Bill 1435 advance from the Education Committee” said Delegate Bell. “I’m very proud of this bill, and think it is important in encouraging students in Virginia high schools to take American Sign Language.”
The bill was referred to the Higher Education subcommittee, where it was reported out with a vote of 6-1. It passed in the full Education Committee today with a vote of 21-1. It will now proceed to the floor for a full vote in the House.
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.