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State Representative Nate Bell

July, 2014

  • 8 July

    Insurance Program Passes

    BY STATE REPRESENTATIVE NATE BELL – Last Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday the legislature met in a special Extraordinary session called by Governor Beebe to address rising costs of public school employees insurance premiums, prison overcrowding, and to address confusion about the types of gambling the lottery commission can use to generate revenue. The Governor called the special session because without ...

  • 3 July

    Special Session Takes Legislature Back to its Roots

    BY STATE REPRESENTATIVE NATE BELL – When Arkansas became the 25th state in 1836, government officials moved into a new Greek Revival style building in downtown Little Rock.  This was despite the fact the building was not yet completed.  Historical accounts say legislators became agitated when construction noise began drowning out testimony and questions from the House floor.  It was another ...

June, 2014

  • 25 June

    2014 Special Session

    BY STATE REPRESENTATIVE NATE BELL – It appears increasingly likely that Governor Beebe will call the legislature into special session early next week to consider bills proposed by the legislative task force on public school employee insurance.  The problems within PSE & ASE health insurance plans are complex and are the result of many years of mismanagement by EBD, “kicking ...

  • 17 June

    Southern Legislative Conference of 2014

    BY STATE REPRESENTATIVE NATE BELL – My life’s priority is to help make our state a better place to live, work and raise a family. The necessary improvements will only happen as the result of ideas. Ideas inspire change and one of the best ways to learn is by sharing ideas and working together with other states. Many times legislators ...

  • 13 June

    New EPA Regulations to have Negative Impact on Arkansans’ Electric Bills

    BY STATE REPRESENTATIVE NATE BELL – Last Tuesday members of the Joint Energy Committee had the opportunity to tour the John W. Turk Power Plant near Hope. The plant is one of the cleanest and most efficient coal fired power plants in existence. In addition to being a tremendous boost to the southwest Arkansas economy it is an engineering marvel.  ...

May, 2014

  • 29 May

    Bell Explains Bills Introduced in Last Session

    BY STATE REPRESENTATIVE NATE BELL – I’m continuing the process of explaining bills that I introduced in the last general session. The next bill in the series is HB1892 which Gov. Beebe signed into law as Act 1056 of 2013. The bill passed the House 85-0 and passed the Senate 34-0 after a minor amendment.  Act 1056 allows the governmental ...

  • 13 May

    KeystoneXL Project Waiting for Approval

    BY STATE REPRESENTATIVE NATE BELL – This week I had the opportunity to stand with the employees and management of Welspun at their plant in Little Rock where more than 700 miles of pipe manufactured for the KeystoneXL pipeline are awaiting Obama administration approval for construction.  I stood with Congressman Griffin, Senator Pryor, Congressman Cotton and three of my legislative ...

  • 1 May

    Be Ready

    BY STATE REPRESENTATIVE NATE BELL – Like most Arkansans, I spent Sunday with one eye on the sky and the other keeping track of weather updates. The high potential for tornado activity in our area was certainly cause for caution and a reminder to have a disaster plan in place for family and loved ones. If you don’t have a ...

April, 2014

  • 21 April

    Arkansas Legislative Council Provides Oversight

    BY STATE REPRESENTATIVE NATE BELL – I’m often asked, “What do you do when the legislature isn’t in session? Why are you in Little Rock so much? Don’t you guys just meet for a couple of months and go home?”  It’s a good question and I thought I would once again share with you some of what I do when the ...

  • 11 April

    The Curious Dismissal of Brendan Eich

    BY STATE REPRESENTATIVE NATE BELL – Arguably the most brilliant software genius in America lost his job last week because he dared to express his personal opinion and quietly made a contribution to a cause he believed was important. Over the last few years, American society has been bombarded with calls for tolerance. Webster’s Dictionary defines tolerance as “the ability ...