Below is a weekly legislative update from Keith Bell who 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.
Senate Bill 2 Passage
This week the Texas House passed the Texas Taxpayer Transparency Act, which gives you advanced notice regarding who is raising taxes, by how much, and where you go to protest! SB 2 provides critical transparency mechanisms that empower taxpayers with a say in the property tax rate-setting process.
House Bill 3383 Passage
Proud to announce the passage of my fourth bill through the Texas House of Representatives. HB 3383 offers enhanced protection against involuntary annexation for "Tier 1" counties. This will mean property owners of these areas would be entitled to a vote when larger municipalities attempt to annex them.
Senate Bill 12 Passage
Our state's hardworking teachers deserve to know that their benefits will be there when they retire. That's why I voted last week to fund a "13th check" for retired teachers and make the Teacher Retirement System stable and solvent for future generations. By passing SB 12, the Texas House has ensured that future generations of Texas teachers receive their well-deserved retirement benefits. Texas teachers spend their lifetimes investing in our kids, so it's time we invest in our retired teachers!
Pages of the Day
Happy to have some extra help in the chamber yesterday. Jasey and Deacon Bearden were the House Pages of the Day, and were an absolute pleasure to work with. Grateful for their assistance in helping me represent Kaufman and Henderson County!
Meeting with Sheriff Beavers
Always a great discussion when Sheriff Bryan Beavers comes to Austin. He and I discussed district issues as well as pending legislation that will directly affect the ability of first responders to protect and serve our communities. It is so important that Texas continues to provide the proper funding to our first responders, and is something I will never cease to fight for as your State Representative.
Laying out HB 4106 to Committee
On Monday, May 6, I laid out HB 4106 to the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee. HB 4106 creates criminal liability for someone who is operating a vehicle while intoxicated and by accident or mistake causes bodily injury to another person. It provides that when a person drives intoxicated and causes another person to suffer bodily injury, they can be prosecuted for a class A misdemeanor.
Meeting with Officer Johnson
I had a very informative meeting with Officer Jason Johnson, Constable for Kaufman County Precinct 2. It is a top priority of mine to continually provide the necessary resources and support for our first responders while serving in Austin. Officer Johnson and I both recognize how vital a service these brave men and women provide to our communities.