RICHMOND, VA – Delegate Richard P. “Dickie” Bell (R-Staunton) announced today that House Bill 1679, a bill patroned by Delegate Bell, has passed in the State Senate.
House Bill 1679 is a bill that was handed down from the Department of Health and Human Resources, and would authorize the State Executive Council for Comprehensive Services for At-Risk Youth and Families, a council on which Bell sits, to deny funding to a locality if services are not in compliance with applicable state or federal law.
“I am very pleased to see House Bill 1679 unanimously pass in the State Senate.” said Delegate Bell. “This legislation will help ensure that localities properly use funding allocated for services for At-Risk youth, and penalize those who fail to do so. It is an important tool in helping these children, and I’m happy that it maintained bipartisan support throughout the process.”
The bill was first referred to the Health, Welfare, and Institutions committee where it passed unanimously. It passed the House with a unanimous vote of 98-0. It passed out of the Senate’s General Laws and Technology Committee last week with a unanimous vote. Today it passed in the Senate with a vote of 40-0, and will now be sent to Governor McDonnell to be signed into law.
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.