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.
Meeting with ATPE Members
On Monday, Feb. 25, I had an informative meeting regarding Texas public schools with Kaufman members of the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE). Always happy to discuss improving our state’s school finance system, and providing our educators with the resources they need to succeed.
Sheriff's Day at the Capitol
Tuesday, Feb. 26, was Sheriff's Day in Austin. My door is always open to meet with law enforcement agents, but it was especially great to meet with my good friend Sheriff Bryan Beavers right here in Austin while we commemorated the Sheriff''s Association of Texas by honoring them at the Capitol. Very appreciative of the efforts undertaken by Sheriff Beavers and his office to dutifully protect and serve the citizens of Kaufman County.
Meeting with Student Constituents
It was my pleasure to get to meet with two HD 4 students, Addy and Jane Jobe. They're in Austin for a 3-day government class called TeenPact, which provides them with firsthand experience of the duties and day-to-day life of an elected official. They both were an absolute pleasure to meet with, it's always great to see local students engaging with our Austin office.
Criminal Jurisprudence Committee
The Criminal Jurisprudence Committee had our second official meeting of the 86th session on Monday, Feb. 25. We heard testimony on topics ranging from creating standard forms for criminal actions, to creating a criminal offense for using fraudulent caller information. I look forward to working with my fellow members as more bills and testimony are presented before this vital committee in the coming weeks.
Last week I co-authoredHB 1631, banning red light cameras across Texas. I'm happy to support legislation that puts a stop to this obtrusive, unconstitutional practice; and with Governor Abbott's full-support it is my hope that we can finally do away with red light cameras in Texas for good.
HB 1446 Information
HB 1446, filed by John Kuempel, would help increase access to broadband internet for rural areas in Texas through the help of Texas Electric Cooperatives (Co-Ops). These Co-Ops are member-owned non-profits, which have over 300,000 miles of distribution lines throughout rural Texas. By utilizing their existing electricity infrastructure, they would be able to deploy broadband to the members they serve and meet their need for high speed internet. There are large areas of rural Texas that do not have access to high speed internet or even cell phone coverage, many of them within House District 4. High speed internet has become a necessity for business, government institutions and everyday activity. Offering increased accessibility to these areas is vital for the continued economic success of our state.