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SENATE GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN MIKE BELL PRAISES WORK OF STATE’S AUDITORS AS 500TH SUNSET PERFORMANCE AUDIT IS ISSUED

NASHVILLE, Tenn. –   Senate Government Operations Committee Chairman Mike Bell (R-Riceville) praised the work of state auditors today as the Comptroller of the Treasury released its 500th Sunset Performance Audit, calling them “guardians of public trust.”

The milestone audit was performed on TRICOR, a state agency that provides occupational and life skills training for Tennessee’s incarcerated population.  

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Senator Bell Elected to National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses Executive Council

(NASHVILLE) – State Senator Mike Bell (R-Riceville), Co-Chairman of the Tennessee Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus, has been elected to serve as a member of the Executive Council for the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses (NASC). The announcement was made last week at the 14th Annual NASC Legislator Summit in Acme, Michigan,

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Tennessee Delegation heads to Balanced Budget Planning Convention

NASHVILLE – The seven Tennessee lawmakers representing the state at a Balanced Budget Amendment Planning Convention in Phoenix, Arizona next Tuesday have filed a resolution to begin the process of preparing for an Article V convention. Senator Mike Bell (R-Riceville), Senator Mark Green (R-Clarksville), Senator Frank Niceley (R-Strawberry Plains), Senator Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro),

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Event marks signing of legislation promoting continued recreational use of Ocoee River

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – An event marking Governor Bill Haslam’s signing of major legislation promoting the continued recreational use of Tennessee’s world famous Ocoee River was held in Nashville on Wednesday. Senator Mike Bell (R-Riceville) and Representative Dan Howell (R-Georgetown), who sponsored the new law, said it ensures that recreational use of the river continues for many more years to come.

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State Senate passes legislation aiding law enforcement officers and members of the military

NASHVILLE — The full Senate unanimously approved legislation this week to enhance penalties against those convicted of intentionally selecting their victim because of his or her status as a uniformed law enforcement officer or member of the armed forces.  Senate Bill 1342 was inspired by the many brave men and women in uniform who have lost their lives,

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Resolution points out absurdity in California’s state-funded and state-sponsored travel ban to Tennessee

(NASHVILLE), February 13, 2017  – State Senator Mike Bell (R-Riceville), Representative Bill Dunn (R-Knoxville) and Representative Tilman Goins (R-Morristown) have introduced a resolution in the Tennessee General Assembly pointing out the absurdity of California’s ban of state-funded and state-sponsored travel based on policy differences with Tennessee,

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Legislation aims to ensure transparency, full vetting and public input regarding guides to practice for all licensed professions in Tennessee

NASHVILLE — Senate Commerce and Labor Committee Chairman Jack Johnson (R-Franklin), Senate Government Operations Committee Chairman Mike Bell (R-Riceville) and Representative Dan Howell (R-Georgetown) held a press conference today to announce the introduction of new legislation to ensure transparency, full vetting and public input regarding “guides to practice” for all licensed professions in Tennessee.

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SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE APPROVES RESOLUTION CALLING FOR CONVENTION OF STATES TO REIN IN FEDERAL DEBT

NASHVILLE — The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a resolution today calling for a convention of states in Nashville for the purpose of adopting a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  The convention would be the first formal meeting of the states since 1861.

Senate Joint Resolution 9,

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Senator Mike Bell reappointed Chairman of Senate Government Operations Committee

(NASHVILLE, TN), January 12, 2017 – State Senator Mike Bell (R-Riceville) has been reappointed Chairman of the Senate Government Operations Committee. The announcement was made by Lt. Governor Randy McNally as the 110th General Assembly wrapped up their organizational session in Nashville on Thursday.

“I appreciate the confidence Lt.

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Lawmakers appeal to President Obama for quick action on Governor Haslam’s request for disaster relief

NASHVILLE — Ten Tennessee lawmakers whose districts were severely affected by recent wildfires or tornadoes have appealed to President Barack Obama to support Governor Bill Haslam’s request for disaster relief. The letter urgently asking for disaster assistance under the Stafford Act was written by Senators Doug Overbey (R-Maryville), Steve Southerland (R-Morristown),

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