Statement from Delegate Dickie Bell Regarding the Supreme Court's Decision Regarding Obama Care

“I am extremely disappointed in the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the constitutionality of Obamacare.  I believed, and still believe, that President Obama and Congress overstepped their authority by passing legislation requiring the citizens of the United States to purchase health insurance.  Unfortunately the Supreme Court did not reach that same conclusion, and we must accept their decision.”

     “What the ruling today did not change, however, is that Obamacare is bad policy. The ruling to leave PPACA intact will force Virginia and the other 49 states to continue their preparations to follow a law that is extremely burdensome and expensive.”

     “Virginia Republicans have been among the most vocal opponents of Obamacare, which will result in net spending of 1.2 trillion from 2012 – 2022. We quite simply cannot afford this level of spending, particularly during these uncertain economic times when we should be removing barriers to employment.  These barriers include higher taxes, increased regulation, and costly mandates.  For these reasons, in the 2010 General Assembly Session we passed House Bill 10, which Attorney General Cuccinelli used to provide legal basis for his lawsuit. Unfortunately those efforts end today.” 

     “The fight, however, is not over. It is now up to us, the American People, to stop Obamacare.  Today’s decision makes the November election even more critical.  We have two extremely distinct and different views on how to move this country forward, and it is vital that we elect Mitt Romney as President of the United States, George Allen to the United States Senate, and that we send Bob Goodlatte and Robert Hurt back to the House of Representatives.  We need President Romney and a solidly Republican congress to repeal Obamacare.”

     “It is no question that every Virginian and every American needs access to affordable health care, however Obamacare is not the solution.  We must instead work toward a solution that is economically responsible, reflects free market principles, and protects our individual liberties.”

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Delegate Dickie Bell Addresses American Legion Boy's State

LYNCHBURG – Richard P. “Dickie” Bell, a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Staunton, this morning addressed select high school students attending the 70th session of American Legion Boys State of Virginia being held this week at Liberty University in Lynchburg.

          Delegate Dickie Bell (R-20), participating for his second time as an instructor in the Boys State program, spoke on "Virginia Government - Origins to Today."  He described the history and legislative process of the Virginia General Assembly including how a bill becomes law.  Bell also discussed his duties and challenges as a state Delegate along with various current policy and political issues facing state government in Virginia.  He answered several questions from the Boys State citizens.

          The 2012 session of American Legion Boys State of Virginia opened yesterday with 740 delegates in attendance.  Outstanding rising seniors from high schools – public, private and homeschooled -- across Virginia have been chosen to participate in this annual educational program.

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Castle Doctrine Advances in Senate Committee

 

RICHMOND, VA – Delegate Richard P. “Dickie” Bell (R-Staunton) announced today House Bill 48 has been reported out of the Senate Courts of Justice Committee.

     House Bill 48 encodes a version of the "castle doctrine," allowing the use of physical force, including deadly force, by a person in his dwelling against an intruder in the dwelling who has committed an overt act against him or another person who is lawfully in the dwelling.

     It was amended today in committee to conform to Senator Richard Stuart’s (R-Montross) bill, Senate Bill 4, which passed out of the Senate February 2, 2012.  It was also amended to state that the legislation is not intended to replace the Common Law, which is currently in practice.

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Crossover Legislation

RICHMOND, VA – Delegate Richard P. “Dickie” Bell (R-Staunton) announced today that he has patroned 11 bills and chief co-patroned 2 bills that have passed in the House of Delegates this Session.  Today marks the midpoint of Session, also known as Crossover Day, where the House and Senate must complete work on their respective bills so that they may go over to the other body for consideration.   

     “I am very pleased that so many pieces of my legislation have been so successful this year.  I believe we put together a strong package this year, and I am thrilled to see so many of these important measures advance.” said Delegate Bell. “I am hopeful that this legislation will continue to advance in the Senate.”

            The most recent legislation to pass are House Bills 72 and 218. 

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House Bill 48 Passes in the House of Delegates

RICHMOND, VA – Delegate Richard P. “Dickie” Bell (R-Staunton) announced today House Bill 48 has passed in the House of Delegates.

     House Bill 48 encodes a version of the "castle doctrine," allowing the use of physical force, including deadly force, by a person in his dwelling against an intruder in the dwelling who has committed an overt act against him or another person who is lawfully in the dwelling.

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Delegate Bell Appointed to Finance Committee; Reappointed to Health, Welfare, and Institutions and Education Committees

RICHMOND, VA – Delegate Richard P. “Dickie” Bell (R-Staunton) announced today that he has been appointed to the House Committee on Finance.  He was also re-appointed to the Committee on Health, Welfare, and Institutions, and the Committee on Education.

      The Finance Committee handles legislation that pertains to Virginia revenue and issues of taxation.  The Education Committee hears legislation that deals with K-12 as well as higher education in the Commonwealth.  The Health, Welfare, and Institutions Committee deals with a broad range of legislation that affects healthcare, as well as issues that affect hospitals, mental health facilities, nursing homes, and other medical institutions.

    

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Delegate Bell's House Bill 1679 Signed By the Governor

Delegate Richard P. “Dickie” Bell (R-Staunton) announced today that House Bill 1679, a bill patroned by Delegate Bell has been signed by Governor McDonnell.

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Delegate Bell's House Bill 1885 Signed By Governor McDonnell

RICHMOND, VA – Delegate Richard P. “Dickie” Bell (R-Staunton) announced today that House Bill 1885, a bill patroned by Delegate Bell has been signed by Governor McDonnell.

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Delegate Bell Announces Grants to Virginia Medical Centers

Delegate Richard P. “Dickie” Bell (R-Staunton) announced today that the Virginia Health Care Foundation has awarded two grants, totaling $228,125 to local medical centers to help each facility provide for patients who are struggling as a result of the recession.

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Delegate Dickie Bell Commends House and Senate Budget Conferees for Agreement to Amend the Commonwealth's Budget

RICHMOND, VA – Delegate Richard P. "Dickie" Bell today issued the following statement on the agreement by House and Senate negotiators on House Bill 1500, amendments to the state budget:

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