Bell is the Texas State Representative of House District 4 for the 86th Texas Legislature. District 4 is a district of the Texas House of Representatives that serves the whole of Kaufman County and Henderson County.
Laying out HB 3383
On Tuesday, April 9, I laid out House Bill 3383 in front of the House Land and Resource Management Committee. HB 3383 offers enhanced protection against involuntary annexation for municipalities inside of "Tier 1" counties. It helps rural municipalities by amending the current Texas Local Government Code so that more municipalities qualify as "Tier 2" municipalities. This will mean citizens of these areas would be entitled to a vote when larger municipalities attempt to annex them.
Pinnacle Women's Club
It was great having the Pinnacle Women's Club at the Capitol on Thursday, April 11. Happy to honor their visit by passing HR 908, officially recognizing the Pinnacle Women's Club on their community leadership and countless service achievements. Happy to see some familiar faces of HD 4 come down to Austin.
Welcoming the Athens Delegation
Our office welcomed members of the Athens delegation on Thursday, April 11. A pleasure to meet with Mayor Monte Montgomery, City Administrator Elizabeth Borstead, and Athens Municipal Airport Advisory Board Members Steve Grant and Charlie Tidmore. We discussed tax policy, as well as some exciting opportunities for Athens' future development.
An update on the ongoing crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border. The US Customs and Border Patrol has just released their year to date apprehension statistics. In a press briefing on Monday, CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan presented the March Year to Date Statistics, displaying unprecedented levels of apprehensions. Immigration authorities apprehended or turned back more than 103,000 migrants — including approximately 53,000 families and nearly 9,000 unaccompanied children — along the U.S.-Mexico border last month. With an average of 3,000 apprehensions per day in March, Brian Hastings, Chief of Law Enforcement Operations for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said immigration authorities are struggling to confront an "unprecedented humanitarian and border security crisis" near the southwestern border. In the previous month, the busiest February for border officials in the last 12 years, the government apprehended more than 76,000 migrants. I got to experience the crisis firsthand during my border visit with CBP Agents and DPS Troopers in February. These agencies require additional personnel, surveillance assets and structures to stop illegal immigration definitively.
Meeting with Constituents
It makes me proud to represent District 4 each time I get to meet with one of my constituents and get to know their story. Had great talks with Don and Dawn Fulton, two Athens residents visiting Austin. Later I talked to some HD 4 high school graduates who are currently attending Howard Payne University, including North Forney graduate Cali Brockway and Kaufman graduate Jenna Stuard.