Area General Assembly members receive validation of conservative credentials

One of the local legislators, Del. Ben Cline, R-Rockbridge, achieved a perfect 100 percent rating by conservative organization. Cline earned a conservative excellence award.

Overall, the ACU said Republican Virginia legislators voted slightly more conservative in 2016, getting a score of 81.5 out of 100 as compared to 79.5 in 2015.

Read More - Area General Assembly members receive validation of conservative credentials - The News Virginian

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Del. Dickie Bell supports courthouse opposition

Delegate Dickie Bell, who represents part of Augusta County, Staunton and Waynesboro, issued a statement saying that he supports citizens who are opposing the courthouse referendum that, if passed, would mean a $45 million dollar courthouse complex being built in Verona near the government center.

“I’ve been impressed by Augusta citizens and groups who are standing up to oppose spending $45 million on a new courthouse," Bell said. "They are questioning the reasoning behind a move and if all alternatives have been thoroughly explored. I support their efforts to demand greater fiscal stewardship and I share their concerns."

Read More - Del. Dickie Bell Supports Courthouse Opposition - The News Leader

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Join us for an evening of Barbecue and Bluegrass!

Join Delegate Bell for his Annual BBQ and Bluegrass

with Ed Gillespie

and the local Valley Delegation

 

Thursday, October 6, 2016

6:00 -8:00 pm

 

Shenandoah Harley Davidson

213 Rolling Thunder Lane

Staunton, Virginia 24401

 

Please RSVP to 540-255-8778 or by email at mrsrbellcoach@comcast.net.
 

Yes, I will attend the annual Bell’s BBQ and Bluegrass at the following level:


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_____$25 per person to attend (no Press passes)

 

Yes, I support Delegate Bell. However, I cannot attend the event but please accept my generous donation of $_______ to show my support!

 

Please make checks payable to “BELL FOR DELEGATE”

2620 Eston Drive Staunton, VA 24401

 

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Political Contributions are not tax-deductible. Paid for by Bell for Delegate. Corporate Contributions are accepted. State law requires employer and occupation information for contributions over $100 in a calendar year.

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Delegate Dickie Bell Pushing Virtual Online School Option

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

Lawmakers in Virginia are working to create another option for students and it doesn't include attending a brick and mortar school. They’re working to set up a statewide, virtual online public school system but have met some challenges along the way.

This is something that 20th District Delegate Dickie Bell (R) has been working on since 2010. The legislation, introduced by Bell six years ago, passed through the General Assembly but was vetoed by the governor.

The Virginia Virtual School would be a parental choice program where parents or guardians would choose whether or not they want their child to take part. It would meet the same requirements as a public school system.

 

Read More: Delegate Dickie Bell Pushing Virtual Online School Option - NBC 29

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Bell amendment would codify 'right to work' status

The amendment was proposed by local House District 20 Del. Dickie Bell, R-Staunton, who has been working on passing the amendment since he took office in 2010.

Bell's amendment has the backing of both the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Business. Those organizations, along with Bell and most Republicans, maintain that Virginia's right-to-work status is a plus in the state's efforts to recruit business and new industry.

Read More - Bell amendment would codify 'right-to-work' status - The News Virginian

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Right to work amendment will be on ballot in Virginia this November

In addition to races for president and Congress, Virginians will vote in November on a proposed amendment that would put the provisions of Virginia’s right-to-work law into the state constitution.

The right-to-work law says that participation in a union may not be a condition for employment in Virginia.

Read More - Right to Work Amendment will be on ballot in Virginia this November - Richmond Times-Dispatch

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Virginia's Budget Shortfall, What Your Elected Officials Think

Lower-than-expected income and sales tax revenue left Virginia mulling a roughly $1.5 billion budget shortfall less than two weeks ago — how will the state address the discrepancy? Increasing government efficiency could be a start, local lawmakers say.

“We need to be very careful about how we’re spending money,” said Del. Richard P. "Dickie" Bell, R-Staunton.

There are some government agencies that are "top-heavy" and his choice would be to examine those workforces and make cuts where necessary, he said.

Read More - Virginia's Budget Shortfall, What Your Elected Officials Think - The News Leader

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Virginia Delegate Seeks to Expand Hate Crime Laws to Protect Police

AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

A lawmaker representing the Shenandoah Valley wants police and first responders protected under Virginia hate crime laws.

20th District Delegate Richard “Dickie” Bell (R) recently filed a bill with the General Assembly that calls for expanding the definition of hate crimes to include crimes committed against police officers, firefighters and emergency medical personnel.

Bell says officers like the ones killed last month in Dallas were attacked based on the uniform they had on.

Read More - VA Delegate Seeks to Expand Hate Crime Laws to Protect Police - NBC 29

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Weekday Religious Education Supporters Voice Anger, Resolve

STAUNTON — Over 100 people attended a meeting Thursday night to demonstrate their opposition to the recent decision to end Weekday Religious Education in Staunton City Schools. The Staunton School Board voted 5-1 to end release time for WRE at a meeting held on July 18.

Supporters of the program have objected to the time that the meeting was held – 8 a.m. – saying that it was impossible for many parents to attend at that hour because of work, and to the fact that there was little notice given before the vote.

Sara Crenshaw, Vice President of Staunton WRE, spoke briefly to the crowd, detailing the recent vote, and laying out her objections. In addition to emphasizing the importance of “teaching our children values,” Crenshaw also noted that the program was decades old and held up by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Read More - Weekday Religious Education Supporters Voice Anger, Resolve - The News Virginian

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Community Members Protest WRE Cancellation

STAUNTON — The sanctuary of St. Paul's United Methodist Church was packed. And it wasn't even a Sunday.

More than 100 Staunton residents gathered Thursday night to discuss the decision by the Staunton School Board to discontinue Weekday Religious Education, which has been an institution in the Valley for decades.

Read More - Community Members Protest WRE Cancellation - The News Leader

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