Delegate Bell says paying Virginia taxes will be different this year

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RICHMOND, Va. (CBS 19 NEWS) -- As the 2019 General Assembly gets underway, as always, a number of issues will be dominating both chambers, but according to local State Delegate Rob Bell, how we pay our taxes this year is going to be a big one.

He says that big money issue must be resolved before any other bills are passed and funded.

Bell of the 58th District, which includes Albemarle, Greene, Fluvanna, and Rockingham counties, says the big Washington tax cut last year might cause problems for some Virginia taxpayers this year.

"All we know is that our Virginia taxpayers will lose hundreds of millions of dollars"

He also says a change in the state tax law is needed for Virginia taxpayers to itemize their state taxes despite how they file their federal returns.

Since the federal GOP tax bill became law last year, Virginians taking the standard deduction might pay higher taxes.

Another issue he will deal with is moving the Albemarle District Court.

"They would like to do it with the city court Virginia law does not allow them to do that, we"ll have to change the law to make that happen," Bell said.

And school bus safety.

"Drivers have had a real problem of people driving by the school buses and they have had trouble applying the current law that allows them to prosecute the people who drive by the school buses," added Bell. "We have a bill to try and make that work better"

He's also working with State Senator Creigh Deeds on mental health treatment in jails.

"Virginia does not have a set of regulations for what are minimum treatment standards in jail, I have a bill that would give us that," said Bell.

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