Thank you so much for the opportunity to serve you in the Virginia House of Delegates.
I want to share with you an update on the fifth week of legislative session this year, also known as crossover week.
Crossover is known as the mid-point of legislative session. It is the last chance the House and the Senate each have the opportunity to consider legislation from their respective houses. Afterwards, each chamber can only consider legislation that passed the other. I have four pieces of legislation that are now headed to the Senate:
HB 135 requires juvenile EMS volunteers to go through a juvenile background check before beginning their service.
HB 286 allows wineries, breweries and distilleries the flexibility to have dogs on their properties.
I'm looking forward to shepherding these bills through in the Senate.
Black History Month
I was honored to share a story from the 87th District. Willard's Crossroads was an African American community in Loudoun County, which formerly stood on the site of Dulles Airport. Watch my speech here:
Preparing for Budget Week
In the coming week, each the House and the Senate will craft and confer on the biennial state budget. As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I'm looking forward to taking part in this process.
I will fight for health care for all, greater education funding, and transportation priorities.
If you haven't gotten a chance yet to participate in my Constituent Survey for this session, please do so by following the link below:
Thank you for the opportunity to serve you, and feel free to reach out to my office anytime.
Delegate John J. Bell
Member, 87th District
Virginia House of Delegates