Posts in Media Coverage

House Bill 1435 Bill Signing

Delegate Bell Commends Governor, City of Staunton for Expansion of Cadence, Inc.

STAUNTON,VA – Delegate Richard P. “Dickie” Bell (R-Staunton) today commended Governor McDonnell and the City of Staunton for helping to foster the economic environment that will allow Cadence, Incorporated to expand their business in Staunton. The announcement came at 2:45 pm on Monday, May 23 at Green Hills Industry and Technology Park.  Governor McDonnell announced   → Read the full story

McDonnell Inks ASL Bill at VSDB

STAUNTON — Students at Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind raised their arms and shook their hands, signing clapping, as Gov. Bob McDonnell, signed a bill Monday validating their language in Virginia public schools. “American Sign Language is the language of our students,” said VSDB superintendent Nancy Armstrong. “It’s the language we believe   → Read the full story

Good Backing for a Common Sense Law

Well, that makes so much sense. It’s not always that legislatures distinguish themselves for plain old common sense, but the General Assembly achieved that mark when it approved a bill this year to offer sign language as a foreign language in both high schools and universities. Currently, colleges and universities can accept high-school sign language   → Read the full story

ASL High School Students Spark Major Legislation

American Sign Language, or ASL, may soon be regarded in the same way as Spanish, French and German. Currently, many Virginia higher education institutions don’t accept ASL as satisfying their foreign language requirements. Thanks to a class of Loudoun Valley High School students and their teacher, that all may change Read More - ASL High School   → Read the full story

Sign Language Could Be Offered as Foreign Language

Last winter, Del. Dickie Bell, R-Staunton, received a letter from a Loudoun Valley High School class seeking help. Dawn Hitchens’ American Sign Language students were looking for someone to sponsor legislation on their behalf that would recognize ASL as a foreign language in Virginia’s high schools and universities. Bell jumped at the chance. One year   → Read the full story

Positive Sign of the Times

A new bill giving students foreign language credit for taking sign language courses is sitting on Governor Bob McDonnell’s desk awaiting his signature after being approved by wide margins in both the House and the Senate. It is a good idea that comes from right here in Staunton. Delegate Dickie Bell, a former special education   → Read the full story

Inmate Labor Bill Headed for McDonnell’s Desk

Legislation to allow inmates to maintain Virginia’s rest stops is on its way to Gov. Bob McDonnell. The House voted 68-30 Tuesday in favor of the proposal introduced by Sen. Emmett Hanger, R-Mount Solon. Dels. Tony Wilt, R-Broadway, Steve Landes, R-Weyers Cave, Todd Gilbert, R-Woodstock, and Richard “Dickie” Bell, R-Staunton, voted for the bill. Read   → Read the full story

Sign Language Bill Heads to Governor’s Office

HARRISONBURG – A bill to make sign language an accepted substitute for a foreign language credit for admission at Virginia’s colleges and universities passed the Senate on Monday and is headed to the governor’s office. Introduced by Del. Richard “Dickie” Bell, R-Staunton, the proposed legislation previously passed the House of Delegates. Gov. Bob McDonnell, a   → Read the full story

Lawmakers Give Thumbs Up to Sign Language Courses

Virginia students soon might have another choice when selecting a foreign language to pursue. A bill that recognizes American Sign Language as a foreign language has passed both the House and Senate and awaits Gov. Bob McDonnell’s signature. Read More: Lawmakers Give Thumbs Up to Sign Language Courses – The News Leader