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.
Legislation Signed into Law
Governor Abbott signed into law HB 1262 granting owners of Texas trailers, semi-trailers and pole trailers weighing under 7,500 pounds the right to register their trailer for a term between 1 to 5 years, rather than the current 1-year term. It offers trailer owners the benefit of not having to register and pay on a yearly basis, while still bringing the state the same amount of annual revenue.
Effective Sept. 1, 2019, Senate Bill 891 expands the jurisdiction of Kaufman County Court at Law No. 2 maximizing the efficiency of our court system. The bill requires a jury of 12 members before the statutory county court in civil cases where the disputed amount was at least $200,000, family law cases and proceedings, and felony cases. Representative Bell heard input from local judges and county officials and recognized the need to raise the jurisdiction.
Effective Immediately, HB 2210 clarifies an ambiguous section of the Texas Education Code that children residing in state hospitals are exempt from campus or district accountability ratings.
Border Security Update
Texas is leading the way! Because of Congress' inaction, there is an ongoing and escalating crisis at the southern border. On Friday, June 28, Governor Abbott announced his decision to send an additional 1,000 Texas National Guardsmen to help secure the border. Texas will not relent in its effort to secure our border!
Crandall Compass Academy Graduation Address
Great honor to give the commencement address to the Crandall Compass Academy Class of 2019. Thanks Dr. Robert Jolly, Jennifer Coward, Tara Turner, and the Crandall ISD Board of Trustees for the privilege!
Kaufman County Republican Women
Thank you Kaufman County Republican Women for inviting me to share the legislative accomplishments from the 86th Legislative Session!
Forney Chamber of Commerce
Thank you Chamber President Laurie Barkham and members for your dedicated efforts investing in Forney!
Terrell Lions Club
Honored to provide a Legislative Update at the Terrell Lions Club with Mayor Rick Carmona, Councilwoman Velazquez, Wayne Babovec and Cary Harwell. Great to see a crowd of friends and supporters!
June 6: D-Day
Thursday, June 6 marked the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Invasion, revealing the beginning to the end of the war that molded our country into what it is today. America owes an un-payable debt to our soldiers who paid the ultimate price to ensure our freedom. We shall never forget their sacrifice and bravery.
Kaufman County Republican Club
Enjoyed sharing a session recap with the Kaufman County Republican Club. This session, we focused on major priorities and brought home results on Property Tax Reform, School Finance, and Teacher Retirement.
Kaufman Lions Club
Great to see President Hector Torres and friends at the Kaufman Lions Club meeting! Thank you for your commitment to serve our community.
East Texas Independent Business Alliance
Legislative Update at the East Texas Independent Business Alliance in Athens. Thanks for supporting small business and entrepreneurs in Henderson County!
Gun Barrel City Chapter of the Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce
Shared breakfast and a session recap with the Gun Barrel City Chapter at their monthly meeting. Good to see friends Marty Mullins and Ron Francis!
3rd Annual Forney BBQ Cook-off!
Good to be back in the District and catch up with Forney Police Chief Rob Sherwin, Forney Fire Marshall John Holcomb, and Kaufman County Fire Marshall Randy Richards, we were in good hands if the the pits flared up! Thanks team FM 740 BBQ for the hospitality and hat!