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RICHMOND, Va.: Today, in the Agriculture subcommittee of the Agriculture, Chesapeake Bay, and Natural Resources committee, a party-line, unrecorded vote struck down a measure that would have made it illegal to keep a companion animal tethered out of doors without supervision.

RICHMOND, Va.: Today, HB 1803 was laid on the table in the Commerce and Labor Subcommittee #1 on a party-line voice vote.

RICHMOND, Va. – Today, the first day of the 2017 legislative session of the Virginia General Assembly, Delegate John Bell presented his legislative package and identified his priorities for the next 45 days in Richmond.

BRAMBLETON, Va. - Yesterday evening, Delegate John J. Bell and fellow government officials presented a screening of the documentary, "Heroin: The Hardest Hit." Following the film, viewers and community leaders discussed the epidemic and ways to take the problem head-on, both here in Loudoun and in the Commonwealth. 


Delegate John Bell's connection to the issue is very personal -- his son suffers from addiction to opioids and heroin. 


Today, Delegate Robert G. “Bob” Marshall (R-13), Senator Dick Black (R-13), Delegate John Bell (D-87) and Delegate Tim Hugo (R-40) issued the following statement:

“We strongly urge the State Corporation Commission to accept the logic and conclusions of their June 2, 2016, Staff Report that Amazon should pay to place power lines for their Haymarket Data Center underground to protect residents and the environment.”   

ASHBURN, Va.: Yesterday, Delegate John J. Bell (D-87th) presented a House Joint Commending Resolution (HJR 527) at the Loudoun County School Board Meeting.

The Resolution commends the efforts of the LCPS Student Records Department along with citizen volunteers to discover, record, and preserve pre-integration records of African American schools, students, and teachers. The study of the long-lost documents has been dubbed the Edwin Washington Project.

CHANTILLY, Va.: Today, Delegate John J. Bell (D-87th) released the following statement announcing his appointment by Speaker William J. Howell to a three-year term on the newly-created School Readiness Committee:

FAIRFAX, Va.: Yesterday, Delegate John J. Bell (D – 87th) organized a “Rapid Improvement Event” between stakeholders to address the rapid growth in our community, and how to address the many transportation needs and priorities to make sure that citizens are safe and our economy continues to grow.

Richmond, VA -- The Loudoun Times-Mirror reported that Loudoun County Public School officials offered "largely hypothetical" figures concerning the cost of full-day kindergarten implementation at a recent school board working session.  Both Delegate Kathleen Murphy (D-34) and Delegate John Bell (D-87) call on the school administration and School Board to offer a concrete plan that covers all aspects of implementation so that every child will have the option for a full day of kindergarten in Loudoun County.  


Richmond, VA -- Delegate John Bell (HD-87) introduced eighteen pieces of legislation as the General Assembly gaveled into session.  These bills address important priorities for the 87th District and Northern Virginia, including reducing the burden of tolls for commuters, improving our local education system, attracting new jobs to Virginia, and saving taxpayer dollars through efficiencies.