Dickie Bell's intruders bill clears house

Tales of ex-spouses' confrontations and out-of-hand fraternity parties couldn't sway the House of Delegates from approving Staunton Del. Richard P. "Dickie" Bell's bill that would allow people to use deadly force if threatened by an intruder in their homes.

Bell's bill passed with a vote of 70-28 Thursday, moments after Del. Anne B. Crockett-Stark, R-Wytheville, set most of the chamber laughing with a story about an elderly woman — a sharpshooter, in Crockett-Stark's description — who scared off a burglar with a warning shot.

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Supervisors Face Awkward Deadline for Dam Funds

VERONA — Members of the Augusta County Board of Supervisors will face the rare case of having $1 million in badly needed grant money offered to them that could be hard to accept.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has made the money available to reinforce the Mills Creek dam in the Sherando area. But as often happens with government regulations, conditions the conditions that come with the money make acceptance tricky.

The total cost to rehabilitate the dam is about $1.6 million. The USDA's National Resources Conservation Service can only cover 65 percent of the total, which the $1 million is intended to cover, according to county records gathered for the board's regular meeting Wednesday.

 

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Castle Doctrine Reported Out of Senate Committee

RICHMOND, VA – Delegate Richard P. “Dickie” Bell (R-Staunton) announced today House Bill 48 has been reported out of the Senate Courts of Justice Committee.

     House Bill 48 encodes a version of the "castle doctrine," allowing the use of physical force, including deadly force, by a person in his dwelling against an intruder in the dwelling who has committed an overt act against him or another person who is lawfully in the dwelling.

     It was amended today in committee to conform to Senator Richard Stuart’s (R-Montross) bill, Senate Bill 4, which passed out of the Senate February 2, 2012.  It was also amended to state that the legislation is not intended to replace the Common Law, which is currently in practice.

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Crossover

RICHMOND, VA – Delegate Richard P. “Dickie” Bell (R-Staunton) announced today that he has patroned 11 bills and chief co-patroned 2 bills that have passed in the House of Delegates this Session.  Today marks the midpoint of Session, also known as Crossover Day, where the House and Senate must complete work on their respective bills so that they may go over to the other body for consideration.   

     “I am very pleased that so many pieces of my legislation have been so successful this year.  I believe we put together a strong package this year, and I am thrilled to see so many of these important measures advance.” said Delegate Bell. “I am hopeful that this legislation will continue to advance in the Senate.”

            The most recent legislation to pass are House Bills 72 and 218. 

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House Bill 48 Passes in the House

RICHMOND, VA – Delegate Richard P. “Dickie” Bell (R-Staunton) announced today House Bill 48 has passed in the House of Delegates.

     House Bill 48 encodes a version of the "castle doctrine," allowing the use of physical force, including deadly force, by a person in his dwelling against an intruder in the dwelling who has committed an overt act against him or another person who is lawfully in the dwelling.

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Delegate Dickie Bell’s House Bill 1216 Passes in the House of Delegates, House Bill 576 Reported Out of Committee

RICHMOND, VA – Delegate Richard P. “Dickie” Bell (R-Staunton) announced today House Bill 1216 has passed in the House of Delegates.  He also announced that House Bill 576 has been reported out of the Committee on Education.

     House Bill 1216 provides that when a proposed amendment to the zoning ordinance only involves a tract of land owned by the Commonwealth or Federal Government only affects a portion of the land, notice only needs to be given to the owners of properties that are adjacent to the affected area.

      “I am pleased to see House Bill 1216 pass in the House of Delegates.” said Delegate Bell.  “This bill was brought to me by Augusta County and makes a lot of sense.  It will save the localities money and extra hassle, and will also help reduce confusion to land owners.  I hope that this legislation will continue to see success in the State Senate. ”

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House Bill 1215 Passes in the House of Delegates

RICHMOND, VA – Delegate Richard P. “Dickie” Bell (R-Staunton) announced today House Bill 1215 has passed in the House of Delegates.

     House Bill 1215 requires the Board of Education to promulgate regulations establishing standards for accreditation of virtual schools that enroll students full time.

      “I am pleased to see House Bill 1215 pass in the House of Delegates.” said Delegate Bell.  “This bill is simply designed to ensure that the quality of the education that students receive in virtual schools is the equal to the quality of the education that they receive in the traditional classroom. I hope that it will see the same success in the Senate.”

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Delegate Bell's HB 98 and 217 Pass in the House of Delegates

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.

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House Republican Caucus Unveils K-12 Education Plan for the 2012 Session


RICHMOND, VA - The House Republican Caucus was joined by Bill Thomas, Associate Vice President of Hampton University, for their weekly Policy Work Group press conference, this week discussing various K-12 initiatives the Caucus has introduced this session. Following the press conference, the Policy Work Group issued the following statement:  

 

"Last year our Caucus worked with Governor McDonnell investing in the future of Virginia's higher education system. Through structural improvements and targeted investments, we laid the groundwork to ensure Virginia's public colleges and universities remain among the most competitive in the nation," said Majority Leader Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights). "This year, we will continue our efforts to improve Virginia's education system, with particular emphasis paid to our public K-12 institutions. Improving access, increasing accountability and encouraging innovative alternatives are key to improving our public schools," he continued.

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Delegate Bell's Bills Pass in Committee

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.

   

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