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.
Monday was "Sine Die", or the final day of the 86th Legislative Session. I am so excited about everything we accomplished in just 140 days! These busy months have led to prolific property tax relief via the reformation of our school finance system, increases to border security, protection of innocent life and protection of the 2nd amendment; in addition to countless other legislative solutions benefiting Texans. I want to thank my family, friends, and the great people of Kaufman and Henderson County for the support and encouragement. It has truly been my honor to serve as your State Representative. Here’s to continuing the fight to preserve our freedom and liberties as Texans!
On Monday we remembered the men and women who gave their lives to protect our country and us. God bless our fallen, God bless our military, and God bless America.
High School Graduation
Want to wish a happy graduation to all HD 4 High School seniors! So proud of the hard work, growth, and diligence that these young men and women have shown throughout the last four years. Want to wish each and every one of them the best of luck on their next endeavors. The future of HD 4 is bright!
Our state's hardworking teachers deserve to know their benefits will be there when they retire. I proudly joined my House & Senate colleagues to give retirees up to $2,000 in a 13th check, make the Teacher Retirement System solvent & protect from increases in healthcare premiums.
I was assigned to 4 conference committees consisting of members of both the Texas House and Senate, and was pleased to work out a solution that passed both chambers for all four bills. HB 3906, by Representative Huberty, will reduce high-stakes testing in Texas public schools. SB 2432, by Senator Taylor, deals with Texas public school disciplinary measures. SB 668, by Senator Hughes, relates to notice requirements for certain educational entities. SB 18, by Senator Huffman, establishes that public higher education institutions must adopt policies detailing students' rights regarding free speech on college campuses.
Other Legislative Action
I am proud to announce the passage of HB 1, and of all the benefits it will provide to Texans. We took the fiscally responsible approach to meeting our state's budgetary needs. HB 1 provides...
- $5.5 billion in property tax relief
- $4.5 billion for transformational education reforms
- $2 billion for dynamic teacher compensation
- $200 million for school safety improvements including renovations, added security personnel and technology, emergency response training and more
- $589 million to TRS to provide retired teachers with a $2,000 13th check on average
- $524 million to make to make TRS stable and solvent
- $230.8 million to cover shortfalls and ensure retired teachers' healthcare premiums do not increase
- $56.6 million to eliminate the rape kit backlog and increase crime lab capacity
- $8.6 million for rape crisis centers and sexual assault nurse examiners to the Office of the Attorney General
- $27.8 million for human and child sex trafficking investigative squads, anti- gang squads, and regional human trafficking investigative squads at the Department of Public Safety (DPS)
- $1.7 million in grants for border prosecution, border zone fire departments and economic development and maintains the 18-19 levels of funding for Border Security Efforts
- Covers shortfalls in Medicaid, foster care, women's health, state hospitals, state supported living centers, and correctional managed health care
- $210 million for the driver's license program to reduce wait times, improve customer service, hire new employees, and add three additional driver's license offices
- Fully appropriates the sporting goods sales tax to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (94%) and the Texas Historical Commission (6%)