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State Representative Nate Bell

April, 2014

  • 2 April

    Legislature Passes Two New Abortion Laws Despite Governor’s Vetoes

    BY STATE REPRESENTATIVE NATE BELL – The legislature passed 2 new laws restricting abortions during the 2013 General Session. Both laws were passed by strong bipartisan majorities and Gov. Beebe’s vetoes of the bills were also overridden by a solid bipartisan majority.  The new laws placed restrictions on elective abortions when a child has a detectable heartbeat and is capable ...

March, 2014

  • 27 March

    Fiscal Session Ends with an Override to Governor’s Veto

    BY STATE REPRESENTATIVE NATE BELL – We wrapped up the Fiscal Session of the 89th General Assembly on Wednesday by voting to override Governor Beebe’s line item veto of Section 16 in HB1048, and elected Rep. Jeremy Gillam of Judsonia to serve as the next Speaker of the House. HB1048 is the appropriation for the Department of Finance and Administration ...

  • 11 March

    Final Approval for DHS Appropriation

    Fiscal Session Coming to a Close BY STATE REPRESENTATIVE NATE BELL – During the fourth week of the Fiscal Session the House gave final approval to the DHS appropriation. SB111 passed last Tuesday and the final version contains my negotiated amendments that restrict enrollment, add co-pays, eliminate several hundred government positions and bar requests for additional grants to promote Obamacare. ...

  • 4 March

    Week Three of Fiscal Session

    BY STATE REPRESENTATIVE NATE BELL – Last Friday marked the end of the third week of this Fiscal Session and the Governor has signed more than 200 appropriation bills into law. Arkansas’s budget process is unique and there is often confusion about the differences between an appropriation and actual funding. An appropriation gives an agency the authority to spend money ...

February, 2014

  • 26 February

    Compensation and Reimbursement Policies of the Arkansas Legislature

    BY STATE REPRESENTATIVE NATE BELL – The legislative session is currently at a standstill as a small minority of House members continue to block passage of my negotiated deal on the “private option.” The Senate passed the proposal with the required 75% affirmative vote last week and I expect it to finally pass the House this week. Without much additional ...

  • 22 February

    Fiscal Session Has Busy Start

    BY REPRESENTATIVE NATE BELL – The House began the first week of our third Fiscal Session at a rapid pace.  We passed 19 budget bills and sent them to the Senate in the first 4 days of business. The Health Care Independence Act, commonly referred to as the “Private Option” was passed during the last Regular Session.  I opposed passage ...

  • 12 February

    Fiscal Session to Focus on Renewal of Arkansas’ “Private Option”

    BY STATE REPRESENTATIVE NATE BELL – On Monday we began the state’s third Fiscal Session.  Fiscal sessions were mandated by Arkansas voters in 2008 with the passage of a constitutional amendment that requires annual updating and approval of the state budget. The keystone of all our discussions in this budget session will be the renewal of Arkansas’ unique Medicaid expansion ...

January, 2014

  • 20 January

    $126 Million Budget Surplus; QWSP Meeting Formally Scheduled

    BY STATE REPRESENTATIVE NATE BELL – Last week, the Joint Budget Committee began budget hearings in anticipation of the impending fiscal session.  The hearings opened with a presentation by the Department of Finance and Administration who presented the Governor’s revenue forecast for the next fiscal year and the Governor’s budget proposal.  The revenue forecast predicts a 2% growth in collections ...

  • 13 January

    Formal Meeting to take Place in Mena over Queen’s Lodge

    BY STATE REPRESENTATIVE NATE BELL – Tourism is a key component of our economy here in District 20. Local businesses, families and governments depend heavily on the economic activity that is generated by visitors who come here to experience our beautiful scenery and hospitality. The Queen Wilhelmina State Park lodge was closed in March of 2012 so that a multi-million ...

December, 2013

  • 30 December

    Several New Laws to Take Effect in January 2014

    BY STATE REPRESENTATIVE NATE BELL – Most of the laws passed by the 89th General Assembly took effect on August 16th, 90 days after we adjourned sine die. A few of the new laws contained emergency clauses setting effective dates as early as the date the law was signed by the Governor.  But there were several new laws that were ...