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State Representative Nate Bell

June, 2015

  • 17 June

    Future of PARCC Testing in Arkansas is Topic of Debate

    BY STATE REPRESENTATIVE NATE BELL – After conducting a series of listening sessions around the state, the Governor’s Task Force on Common Core recently recommended non-renewal of Arkansas’s contract with PARCC for standardized testing. Governor Hutchinson and the Arkansas Department of Education subsequently announced that they did not intend to renew the contract for PARCC testing and instead planned to ...

April, 2015

  • 29 April

    Arkansas General Assembly Enters Interim

    BY STATE REPRESENTATIVE NATE BELL – Last Wednesday we convened in the House Chamber for a brief time to officially adjourn for the 90th Regular Session of the Arkansas General Assembly The pace of my legislative work will be slowing down a bit but legislative service is far from complete when the session adjourns. We are now in the period of ...

  • 15 April

    Bell Not to Seek Re-Election

    BY STATE REPRESENTATIVE NATE BELL – I’ve been approached by quite a few people about the possibility of running for a 4th term as your state representative. During my first campaign in 2010, I promised my wife and our daughters that if they would allow me to serve for 3 terms, I would not seek additional elected office. Phyllis, Tori, ...

  • 1 April

    Legislative Session Enters Final Week

    BY STATE REPRESENTATIVE NATE BELL – As the economy and technology rapidly evolve, many workers find the need to learn new skills.  And conversely, industries and businesses that are looking to call Arkansas home want assurances that well trained and highly skilled employees are available. This and numerous other reasons are why you have seen a bi-partisan effort in this ...

March, 2015

  • 24 March

    HB1662 Could Produce Jobs at Mena Airport

    BY STATE REPRESENTATIVE NATE BELL – House members are working very long hours this week as we try to wrap up the Regular Session by the end of next week. The last few days of session are always extremely busy as we try to get final passage of important measures. This week, I’ll be pushing hard for HB1662 which local ...

  • 18 March

    Over 1,000 Bills Filed by House

    BY STATE REPRESENTATIVE NATE BELL – One of my jobs as Chairman of the House Committee on State Agencies is to preside over the process of narrowing the number of proposed Constitutional Amendments which receive legislative approval to be placed on the November 2016 ballot. House members filed 27 proposed constitutional amendments this session.  Five of them will be presented ...

  • 10 March

    Bell’s Bills Become Acts of Law

    BY STATE REPRESENTATIVE NATE BELL – We’re in the last few weeks of the 2015 legislative session and several of the bills I’ve filed or presented during this session are now law. Act 21 permits ADE to grant waivers for Governor’s scholars under certain conditions. I filed this bill after learning that a young man from Mena faced losing his ...

February, 2015

  • 11 February

    90th General Assembly Continues to Progress

    BY STATE REPRESENTATIVE NATE BELL – In less than a month’s time, the 90th General Assembly has tackled tax cuts, health care, and has made significant advancements in education policy. Last Friday, Governor Hutchinson signed a bill to lower middle class income tax rates in our state by 1%.  This will amount to a savings of around $300 a year ...

  • 4 February

    SB6: Largest Tax Cut in State History

    BY STATE REPRESENTATIVE NATE BELL – Last week the House passed a significant tax cut measure.  With a vote of 95-2, the House approved a bill to reduce the income tax for most middle class Arkansans by 1%.  This bill reduces state income tax rates for those making between $21,000 and $75,000 a year.  A family or individual making around ...

January, 2015

  • 27 January

    House has Productive Opening Week of 2015 Session

    BY STATE REPRESENTATIVE NATE BELL – The House will address several big issues during the third week of the Regular Session. A significant tax measure is before us along with a request from the Governor addressing health care policy. Senate Bill 6 passed the Senate and is now before the House Revenue and Taxation Committee.  This bill would lower the ...