Grip & grin: Bell awards citizen lawmakers
Delegate Rob Bell handed out plaques July 7 in front of the Albemarle Circuit Court to eight citizens who came up with some of the new laws that went into effect July 1. Pictured are a smattering of them.
From left, Judy Casteele picks up an award for Kris Hall for a bill that requires establishment of sexual assault response teams; former Albemarle prosecutor/now Orange County assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Rick Moore came up with a statute that makes it possible to prosecute child porn possession where it's found without knowing where it was manufactured; Fluvanna Commonwealth's Attorney Jeff Haislip's bill helps animal control officers by adding obstruction of justice clout, and Chris Winslow backed the special license plates for veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom, who don't have to come up with the usual 350-plate minimum.
"It's easy for someone to complain about a problem," says Bell. "These are the people who came up with a plan and formulated a solution."