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2018

Senate District 09

Senator Bell: (R) Chair, Senate Judiciary Committee, Member, Senate Education Committee, and Senate Government Operations Committee. Senator Bell sponsored SB433 that prohibits licensing of small home-based business operated by minors. It passed. He co-sponsored a bill that strengthened the anti-FGM law that also passed. We had 32 bills we recommended that he could have co-sponsored. He voted in favor of most of them and earned a 91% vote score. We would have preferred for him have an equivalent leadership score. Sending the Heartbeat bill to summer study was not something we supported. We felt that Dr. Boles and David Fowler made brilliant arguments in favor of the bill, once it was amended with language that would be difficult to rebuff in court. TN Right to Life was on the wrong side and failed to make a case against the logic of the bill. Tennessee should have been with Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Ohio, creating a united front. Senator Bell is a friend and a highly respected member of the GA. We look forward to working together for better results all around next year. 2018: Sponsored six (6) bills supported by TLRC. Co-sponsored four (4) bills supported by TLRC. Voted for the gas tax. Senator Bell, with few exceptions, has been outstanding in sponsorship and championing of good conservative legislation.
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Republican

Mike Bell

Sen. Bell is married with five children. He is a business owner and farmer. He is chair of the Senate Government Operations Committee. He is a member of the Tennessee Farm Bureau, McMinn County Republican Party, Athens Area Chamber of Commerce, Etowah Chamber of Commerce, Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce, Meigs County Chamber of Commerce, Monroe County Chamber of Commerce, Polk County Chamber of Commerce, National Wild Turkey Federation, Safari Club International, National Rifle Association, and Ducks Unlimited. He is Co-Chair of the Tennessee Sportsmen's Caucus.
615.741.1946

sen.mike.bell@capitol.tn.gov

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HB0001/SB0016 Legalizes Sports betting in TN. Staples/Dickerson

Vote Result: Passed

Amendment SJR0003 would prohibit a state property tax being established.

Vote Result: Committee Only

HB0077/SB1236 - Disallows abortion based on viability of fetus; or heartbeat. Van Huss/Pody

Vote Result: Committee Only

HB0113/SB0593 - Eliminates statute of limitation for 2nd degree murder. - Sparks/Reeves

Vote Result: Passed

HB0283/SB0290 - Increases penalty for child rape - Littleton/White

Vote Result: Passed

HB0403/SB0241 - Provisions disallowing a state property tax - Hall/Jackson

Vote Result: Passed

HB0494/SB0423 - Removes special tax on ammunition. Doggett/Hensley

Vote Result: Passed

HB0564/SB0482 - Requires LEAs to administer payroll deductions equally for all professional unions - Dunn/Gardenhire

Vote Result: Failed

HB0655/SB1206 - Extends authority to barter for all healthcare services - C.Sexton/Crowe

Vote Result: Passed

HB0836/SB1304 - Insures religious freedom for faith-based adoption agencies - Rudd/Pody

Vote Result: Failed

HB0850/SB0598 - Allows alcohol sales and consumption in campus sports facilities. C. Sexton/Massey

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