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State Representative Nate Bell

October, 2014

  • 1 October

    Issue 4: Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment

    BY STATE REPRESENTATIVE NATE BELL – I want to begin this week’s column by thanking the local news outlets that continue to share my updates from the House with their audiences despite political pressure. I believe that it is my responsibility to keep my constituents informed about the issues and activities of your state legislature.  I make a diligent effort ...

September, 2014

  • 24 September

    Ballot Issue #5 – Minimum Wage

    BY STATE REPRESENTATIVE NATE BELL – 2014 General Election voters will be asked to decide if the Arkansas state minimum wage should be increased. Initiative 5 is one of two citizen led initiatives to gather enough verified signatures to be placed on the November ballot. This week I will do my best to offer a short summary of what this ...

  • 15 September

    Register to Vote

    BY STATE REPRESENTATIVE NATE BELL – October 5 is the last day you can register to vote and be legally permitted to cast a ballot in the November general election.  Because the deadline this year falls on a Sunday, applications will be accepted if filed prior to the close of business on October 6th. The Secretary of State’s office reports ...

  • 10 September

    Arkansas’ Rice Economy

    BY STATE REPRESENTATIVE NATE BELL – Rice is the most popular grain worldwide, feeding over half of the population.  And over half of all the rice produced in the United States is harvested right here in Arkansas. Out of Arkansas’s 75 counties, 50 of them contain rice fields.  Since September is National Rice Month, we would like to take this ...

  • 2 September

    Overcrowding of State Prisons Remains an Issue

    BY STATE REPRESENTATIVE NATE BELL – Violent crime and prison overcrowding are issues that will have to be addressed in the next Regular Session of the General Assembly.  During the recent Special Session called by Governor Beebe we voted to increase funding for the Arkansas Department of Corrections by $6 million to fund opening of 600 additional prison beds. Even ...

August, 2014

  • 29 August

    Facts About No Prison Proposal

    BY STATE REPRESENTATIVE NATE BELL – There’s a lot of false information being spread and rumors about the possibility of a new state prison in Polk County are continuing to run wild. First of all, I’d like to remind everyone once again that the discussion of a state prison and the sheriff’s jail proposal are completely unrelated. As I said ...

  • 19 August

    State Orders Survey of Schools’ Broadband Capacity

    BY STATE REPRESENTATIVE NATE BELL – This is the week when most Arkansas public schools begin the new school year.  Please use caution on the roads as children and buses are getting back into their routines. Let’s all do our part to have a safe start to another school year by exercising extra care when we’re driving and especially when ...

  • 7 August

    Town Hall Meeting Set to Discuss Prison Possibility

    BY STATE REPRESENTATIVE NATE BELL – The Arkansas Board of Corrections announced late last month that it is soliciting proposals from communities interested in hosting a proposed, new 1,000-bed state prison. The board voted to set a late October proposal deadline in hopes of presenting a plan during next January’s legislative session. The proposed facility is projected to have a ...

July, 2014

  • 25 July

    Citizen-Led Initiatives

    BY STATE REPRESENTATIVE NATE BELL – This week, I’m continuing my series of columns on the proposed constitutional amendments referred to the people by the legislature. Arkansas is one of 24 states where an average citizen can initiate legislation and if he/she can gather enough petition signatures, their proposal can appear on the November ballot.  A citizen-led initiative can either ...

  • 19 July

    Bell Explains Key Issues on November Ballot

    BY STATE REPRESENTATIVE NATE BELL – In a little less than 4 months, voters around the state will be heading to the polls to cast ballots for our next Governor, U.S. Senator, Attorney General and many more elected positions. Arkansans will also be deciding who we want to represent our district in the state Capitol and in our nation’s Capitol. ...