Office of Delegate Rob Bell Press Release
RICHMOND, VA, February 20, 2014 – The Virginia Senate’s Privileges and Elections Committee has unanimously passed HB 451 by Delegate Rob Bell, R-Albemarle, which would add sex crime convictions to the list of offenses for which an elected official can be removed from office.
The bill would allow a court to remove such an official upon petition of 10 percent of the voters in the official’s election, if the court found that the conviction had a material adverse effect upon the conduct of such office. It would apply to sexual battery, indecent exposure and other sex crimes misdemeanor.
“This loophole should be closed,” said Bell. “We want to make sure voters can petition for the removal of an elected official who has been convicted of a sex crime.”
The full Virginia Senate will consider the bill next. If passed, it will be transmitted to Gov. Terry McAuliffe for consideration.
For more information, please contact Delegate Bell at 434-249-8590.