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American Sign Language Bill Could Open Doors for Students

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Bell’s Children’s Services Bill Clears House

The Virginia House of Delegates approved a bill sponsored by a local lawmaker that would keep state money from cities or counties whose services for children in need don’t meet legal requirements. The measure, sponsored by Del. Richard P. “Dickie” Bell, R.-Staunton, cleared the House unanimously Friday. Bell is sponsoring the bill for the Virginia   → Read the full story

CSA Oversight Bill Advances

A bill to tighten oversight of a program that helps Virginia’s troubled youth, prompted by misuse of millions of dollars of state funds in a southside county, passed a key House of Delegates committee Tuesday. The bill aims to prevent such problems in the future, said its sponsor, Del. Richard P. “Dickie” Bell, R-Staunton. Read   → Read the full story

Bell Says Extra Security Unnecessary

Public speaking and interaction is part of their job, and Virginia Del. Dickie Bell says elected officials don’t often give a lot of thought to personal safety. “I want the public who comes to our meetings, my constituents, to feel comfortable there,” says Bell. “I don’t want them to be intimidated by a show of   → Read the full story

Local Legislators Expect Budget Focus

Virginia legislators head into Wednesday’s start of the 2011 General Assembly session with a much smaller budget balancing act for the next fiscal year than last. They’ll be dealing with a shortfall in the $200 million range. But two factors make the session one that is unlikely to produce any major initiatives beyond the budget.   → Read the full story

Joint Town Hall Drums Up Discussion

STUARTS DRAFT — Pushing back against an overreaching federal government, achieving efficiency in state budgeting and improving education were the chief concerns voiced in a town hall meeting with three legislators Thursday. Less than a week before the start of the 2011 legislative session, Delegates Dickie Bell, R-Staunton, Steve Landes, R-Weyers Cave, and Ben Cline,   → Read the full story

Delegates Say Creating Jobs, Cutting Spending Are Priorities

STUARTS DRAFT — The area’s three legislators expect a tough General Assembly session this year, trying to make more cuts in state spending while fostering development and job growth, they told a town hall meeting Thursday night. “Jobs are a key part of what we want to do to turn the economy around,” said Del.   → Read the full story

Signs of Change

While the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind in Staunton has no shortage of volunteers, most are placed with blind students because they cannot communicate with those who are deaf. New legislation could change that. Del. Dickie Bell has pre-filed a bill that would mandate that colleges and universities recognize American Sign Language (ASL)   → Read the full story

Bell Picks Up Lohr’s Legislative Cause

HARRISONBURG – A bill to hold some abortion clinics to the same regulatory standard as hospital emergency rooms will be back before the Virginia General Assembly when the next session starts Jan. 12 in Richmond. Del. Richard “Dickie” Bell, R-Staunton, is picking up where former Del. Matt Lohr left off. Lohr, a Broadway Republican, resigned   → Read the full story

Smaller Gov’t in Bell’s Plans

VERONA — Government reform, congressional redistricting and liquor privatization were chief among Del. Dickie Bell’s concerns as he addressed constituents at a town hall meeting Thursday in Verona. Bell championed Gov. Bob McDonnell’s forthcoming government reform package. “I believe smaller government is better,” he said. “There are plenty of places we can make changes. It’s   → Read the full story