Bell Sounds from the 20th - March 2

Senate Democrats Failure to Launch

As this edition of our newsletter is being prepared we find ourselves at impasse regarding a state budget. Senate Democrats have not only failed to produce a budget of their own, but they have killed the House budget summarily and left us without a vehicle with which to go forward. Without such vehicle we face the real possibility of a state government shutdown July 1. Even worse than that, local governments and school divisions across the state, already deeply involved in putting together budgets of their own, find themselves hamstrung. Without knowing how much revenue they will receive from the state, localities and schools must resort to speculation and guesswork to finalize their budgets, and all government services including schools, fire, police and local government functions are placed in jeopardy. That is unconscionable.

Senate Democrats have failed to perform their sworn duty to the citizens of the Commonwealth with their failure to produce a budget; worse than that they have chosen to shift the debate and the focus to social issues in efforts to conceal the real reason for their “failure to launch.” The real reason they have not produced a budget of their own or considered the House budget is because they are still upset and angry that they were not granted their request for power sharing and/or additional seats and chairs on Senate committees. As a result the budget process is stalled. Responsible government has been replaced by partisan politics.

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Bell Sounds from the 20th - February 24

House Passes a Fiscally Responsible Budget without Any Tax Increases

On Thursday, we passed the House version of the 2012-2014 biennial budget with a bipartisan vote of 79-21.  Our structurally balanced budget makes strategic investments in the core areas of government that House Republicans have emphasized throughout the 2012 Session.  This includes job creation in the private sector, increased education opportunities, protection of Virginia’s families, and increased efficiency in state government.  Perhaps most importantly, we have made these targeted investments without increasing the tax burden on hardworking Virginia families or businesses.

 

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Bell Sounds from the 20th - February 17

We have just passed the halfway point of the 2012 General Assembly Session. The House has completed action on all House bills and begun to take action on the 403 bills that passed out of the State Senate. The State Senate has also begun taking action on the 603 bills that passed in the House of Delegates this year.  Any legislation that passes both bodies will then go to the Governor for final approval.

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Bell Sounds from the 20th - February 10

We are almost at the halfway point of the session, also known as Crossover. Crossover, which falls on Valentine’s Day this year, is the day that the House of Delegates must finish voting on the nearly 1,300 House Bills that were filed this session.  Next Wednesday, the House will begin to consider all bills that have passed the State Senate.

 A great deal has been accomplished over the past 5 weeks.  Over 400 bills have passed in the House so far. Over one-third of these bills relate to job creation, expansion of educational opportunities, public safety, and government efficiency.

 

 

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Bell Sounds from the 20th - 2/3/12

Introduction

As we continue to advance in the 2012 Session, my focus continues to be on job creation, education reform, and government efficiency.  This week, the House advanced a number of important measures that will support open competition on public contracts, improve our public schools, and remove an outdated infringement to our 2nd Amendment rights.

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Bell Sounds from the 20th - 1/27/11

We are now in the heart of the 2012 General Assembly Session. Between subcommittee and committee meetings and House floor sessions, we are working hard to consider the legislation before us, and promote our own legislative agendas.
 

Let me apologize if this is the first newsletter that you’ve received this year.  It seems that we have had a few technical difficulties with our email server that caused many of you not to receive our last two emails.  If you’d like copies of those last two newsletters, please email Savanna at savanna@bellfordelegate.com,and she would be happy to forward those to you.

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Bell Sounds from the 20th - 1/20/12

The first full week of the 2012 Session is now in the books, and we have begun to make our way through more than 2,000 bills and resolutions that have been introduced. The vast majority of the legislation is still in committees and subcommittees, but we have already taken a handful of crucial floor votes.

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Bell Sounds from the 20th-January 13

Bell Sounds from the 20th The 2012 Session is underway! Session convened on Wednesday, and I was honored to be officially sworn in for my 2nd term in the House of Delegates. Over 1,000 pieces of legislation have been filed, so it looks as though we are going to be very busy once again this year.

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Bell Sounds from the 20th - July 2011

I hope you are all enjoying this summer weather and you’re staying cool! I wanted to check in with you and let you know about a few things that have been going on locally and throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. Please feel free to contact me with any questions that you may have.

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Bell Sounds from the 20th - March 2011

The 2011 General Assembly Session adjourned "sine die" on Sunday, February 27, one day later than the scheduled adjournment date. I wanted to take a few minutes to update you on the final budget that was approved by the General Assembly on Sunday.

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