Delegate Richard P. “Dickie” Bell (R-Staunton) announced today that House Joint Resolution 500, a resolution patroned by Delegate Bell, had passed in the House of Delegates Yesterday, January 18, 2010.
House Joint Resolution 500 is a resolution calling for an amendment to add Right to Work to the Virginia Constitution. This amendment would provide that individuals who choose not to join labor unions or labor organizations cannot be denied employment, and labor union or organization membership cannot be made a condition of employment or continuation of employment. This amendment would make Virginia’s Right to Work law permanent, by adding it to the Constitution of Virginia.
“I am very happy to see that House Joint Resolution 500 has gained a great deal of support and has passed in the House of Delegates.” said Bell. “I believe the Right to Work law is vital to the success of Virginia’s workforce and is an important factor in rankings that continue to list Virginia as one of the best states to do business. I am hopeful that it will continue to gain support among the public and in the Virginia State Senate.”
The bill was heard first in the Privileges and Elections committee, and was reported out of committee with a vote of 15-6. Yesterday it passed in the House with a vote of 61-36. It will now be sent to the Senate. In order to amend the Virginia constitution, the resolution must pass both houses of the Virginia General Assembly twice, and then go before the public for a vote.
Elected to the House of Delegates in 2009, Delegate Bell represents the 20th District, which includes Highland County, portions of Augusta and Rockingham Counties, and the City of Staunton.