RICHMOND, VA – Delegate Richard P. “Dickie” Bell (R-Staunton) announced today that House 74, a bill patroned by Delegate Bell, has passed in the House of Delegates
House Bill 74 reduces the time limit for reporting suspected child abuse or neglect by mandated reporters from 72 hours to 24 hours.
“I am very pleased to see House Bill 74 pass in the Virginia House of Delegates.” said Delegate Bell. “Seventy two hours is an eternity for children that are being abused, and I hope that this can help expedite the process of removing children from dangerous situations. I hope that this bill will have the same success in the Virginia State Senate.”
The bill was first referred to subcommittee number 1 of the Committee on Health, Welfare, and Institutions, where it was reported out with a vote of 7-1. It was reported out of the full committee today with a vote of 20-1. It passed in the House today with a vote of 96-0.
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. Delegate Bell is currently serving in his second term.