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.
Receiving the Region 10 ATPE Legislator of the Year Award
So honored to have been recognized as "Legislator of the Year" by the Association of Texas Professional Educators. Thankful for ATPE Region 10 President Wendy Smith's kind words during the ceremony this weekend in Dallas, as well as the support of other ATPE members. Was great to chat with fellow education advocates Vickie Rabb-Wiggins, Jerry Bonham and Barbara Jo Green.
On Monday, May 13 the House of Representatives passed SB 14 which increases access to broadband internet for rural areas and improves the delivery of much-needed broadband throughout both Henderson and Kaufman County. 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.
National Police Week
This week we honor our brave police officers via Police Appreciation Week. Each year, around 140 to 160 peace officers are killed or injured in the line of duty. These brave men and women risk their lives each day to protect us - knowing they may not make it home to their families. Please join me in honoring their commitment and sacrifice. Thank a local officer today!
Meeting with Texas Farm Bureau Members
On Thursday, May 16 I enjoyed a meeting with members of the Texas Farm Bureau, including some HD 4 residents. We discussed imminent domain reform, private property rights, and legislation that will progress future Texas agriculture. Appreciate them coming to Austin to speak with me about these important issues, and will continue to fight for rural Texans in Austin.
McDonald's Owners and Operators Legislative Reception
Had a great discussion with HD 4 business owner Kevin Lilly and DFW Field Vice President Luis Quintiliano at the McDonald's Owners and Operators Legislative Reception. Appreciative of the continual support their restaurants provide to our community.
Pastor Griffin in Austin
So thankful to meet with Pastor Jerry Griffin and his wife Helen as they came to the Capitol to deliver the Invocation on the Senate floor. Mr. Griffin served as Pastor of First Baptist Church of Forney for 33 years, and continues to be a devoted community leader to this day. We are lucky to have such a fantastic role model like Pastor Griffin in HD 4.
American Heritage Troop Visit
A delight to have some of the young ladies of American Heritage Troop 1011 in Athens at our Austin office. Addison Johnson and Aislynn Hannigan represented their troop and HD 4 very well, and were excited to be down in Austin for the day. Thanks for stopping by!
I was happy to co-author HB 769 by Representative Sarah Davis. This bill relates to the termination of the contract of a superintendent of a school district based on malfeasance. It requires a school board to receive approval from the Commissioner of Education to make a severance payment to a superintendent who is terminated for malfeasance, or who resigns in order to avoid termination for malfeasance. HB 769 was passed unanimously through the House last week, and was later sent to the Senate Committee on Education, where a public hearing was held this Thursday.
SB 16, by Representative Stucky, has passed both the Texas House and Senate. SB 16 creates a student loan repayment assistance program for future peace officers, which helps address the growing shortage of officers statewide. Our peace officers put their lives on the line daily in order to secure our communities. By passing SB 16, Texas is taking a positive step forward by providing them the resources needed to attract the best law enforcement candidates.