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Lawmakers call on hunters and fisherman to take active role in preserving time-honored tradition as nation celebrates National Hunting and Fishing Day

NASHVILLESeptember 17, 2018 – State Senator Mike Bell (R-Riceville) and Representative Jay Reedy (R-Erin) will join millions of hunters and anglers across the nation on Saturday, September 22 in celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day. 

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SENATOR BELL RECEIVES TENNESSEE DISTRICT ATTORNEYS’ GUARDIAN OF PUBLIC SAFETY AWARD

RICEVILLE, Tenn. (June 22, 2018) – The state’s 31 District Attorneys have recognized state Sen. Mike Bell (R–Riceville) with the Guardian of Public Safety Award.

The Guardian of Public Safety Award is given to a legislator who recognizes the necessity of protecting our citizens and takes action to advance public safety.

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Legislation directs TennCare to seek federal waiver to prevent abortion providers from receiving taxpayer funds

NASHVILLE — State Senator Mike Bell (R-Riceville) announced today that he has filed legislation directing TennCare officials to seek a Medicaid waiver to exclude facilities in Tennessee that perform elective abortions from receiving taxpayer money.  The announcement was made today at a press conference with House sponsor Rep.

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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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