Texas Legislature
Bills Authored / Joint Authored
Rep. Cecil Bell
85th Legislature Regular Session
Report Date: 12/15/2017

Number of Bills: 83

Report Sections: Authored Bills | Joint Authored Bills

Author (55):
HB 136 Author: Bell | Koop | Johnson, Jarvis | Israel | Villalba
Sponsor: Uresti
Last Action: 06/01/2017 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to inclusion of career and technology education in the mission of public education.

HB 139 Author: Bell | Keough
Last Action: 02/13/2017 H Referred to Ways & Means: Feb 13 2017 3:06PM
Caption: Relating to the authority of a property owner to request that notice of a protest hearing before the appraisal review board be delivered by certified mail.

HB 150 Author: Bell | Metcalf | Guillen | Shine | Blanco
Sponsor: Creighton
Last Action: 06/15/2017 E See remarks for effective date
Caption: Relating to the exemption from ad valorem taxation of, and the deferral or abatement of ad valorem taxes on, certain residence homesteads.

HB 167 Author: Bell | Metcalf | Keough
Last Action: 02/14/2017 H Referred to Ways & Means: Feb 14 2017 11:44AM
Caption: Relating to a limitation on the maximum appraised value of real property for ad valorem tax purposes of 105 percent of the appraised value of the property for the preceding tax year.

HB 204 Author: Bell
Last Action: 05/03/2017 H Committee report sent to Calendars
Caption: Relating to placing the name of a deceased or ineligible candidate for public office on the ballot.

HB 297 Author: Bell | Fallon | Geren | Koop
Sponsor: West
Last Action: 06/15/2017 E Effective on 9/1/17
Caption: Relating to the designation of January 9 as Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.

HB 395 Author: Bell | Bohac | Howard | Israel | VanDeaver
Last Action: 03/07/2017 H Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to the career and technology education allotment and the essential knowledge and skills of the career and technology education and technology applications curriculums.

HB 446 Author: Bell | Guillen | Fallon
Last Action: 05/09/2017 H Laid on the table subject to call
Caption: Relating to refunds of certain bingo licensing and registration fees.

HB 447 Author: Bell | Keough
Last Action: 03/28/2017 H Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to the civil liability of certain businesses in connection with allowing or forbidding handguns on the business premises.

HB 1190 Author: Bell | Capriglione
Last Action: 05/01/2017 H No action taken in committee
Caption: Relating to the sunset review of the Texas Underground Facility Notification Corporation.

HB 1191 Author: Bell
Last Action: 02/21/2017 H Referred to Public Education: Feb 21 2017 5:26PM
Caption: Relating to secondary-level assessment of public school students and the use of individual graduation committees to satisfy certain public high school graduation requirements.

HB 1224 Author: Bell
Last Action: 04/18/2017 H Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to compliance of excavators of underground utilities.

HB 1439 Author: Bell
Sponsor: Creighton
Last Action: 05/18/2017 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to providing road district powers to the Wood Trace Municipal Utility District No. 3 of Montgomery County, Texas; providing authority to issue bonds.

HB 1440 Author: Bell
Sponsor: Creighton
Last Action: 05/18/2017 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to the creation of the Montgomery County Municipal Utility District No. 154; granting a limited power of eminent domain; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose assessments, fees, and taxes.

HB 1445 Author: Bell
Sponsor: Creighton
Last Action: 05/18/2017 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to providing road district powers to the Montgomery County Municipal Utility District No. 130; providing authority to issue bonds.

HB 1448 Author: Bell
Sponsor: Creighton
Last Action: 05/18/2017 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to providing road district powers to the Montgomery County Municipal Utility District No. 131; providing authority to issue bonds.

HB 1597 Author: Bell
Last Action: 03/09/2017 H Referred to Energy Resources: Mar 9 2017 4:13PM
Caption: Relating to the recovery of stranded oil, gas, or oil and gas from depleting Cenozoic Era reservoirs.

HB 1642 Author: Bell | Wu | Keough
Sponsor: Kolkhorst
Last Action: 06/15/2017 E Effective on 9/1/17
Caption: Relating to reporting requirements for investigations of abuse, neglect, or exploitation against residents of certain health facilities.

HB 1664 Author: Bell
Sponsor: Creighton
Last Action: 05/18/2017 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to providing road powers to the Wood Trace Municipal Utility District No. 1, of Montgomery County, Texas; providing authority to issue bonds.

HB 1794 Author: Bell | Oliverson | Sheffield | Wray | Guerra
Sponsor: Kolkhorst
Last Action: 06/15/2017 E Effective on 9/1/17
Caption: Relating to the establishment of the Work Group on Mental Health Access for First Responders.

HB 2104 Author: Bell | Workman
Last Action: 05/04/2017 H Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to the filing of a bond by a private high-speed rail operator with the Texas Department of Transportation.

HB 2338 Author: Bell | Flynn | Miller | White | Schaefer
Last Action: 05/08/2017 H Committee report sent to Calendars
Caption: Relating to the Texas Sovereignty Act.

HB 2479 Author: Bell
Last Action: 05/09/2017 H Corrected committee report sent to Calendars
Caption: Relating to permit applications for solid waste facilities in certain counties.

HB 2624 Author: Bell
Last Action: 05/05/2017 S Received from the House
Caption: Relating to the creation of the Montgomery County Municipal Utility District No. 157; granting a limited power of eminent domain; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose assessments, fees, and taxes.

HB 2625 Author: Bell
Last Action: 05/05/2017 S Received from the House
Caption: Relating to the creation of the Montgomery County Municipal Utility District No. 158; granting a limited power of eminent domain; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose assessments, fees, and taxes.

HB 2681 Author: Bell
Last Action: 05/05/2017 S Received from the House
Caption: Relating to the creation of the Blaketree Municipal Utility District No. 2 of Montgomery County; granting a limited power of eminent domain; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose assessments, fees, and taxes.

HB 3059 Author: Bell
Last Action: 03/27/2017 H Referred to Higher Education: Mar 27 2017 5:19PM
Caption: Relating to the automatic admission to general academic teaching institutions of students who complete the early college education program.

HB 3170 Author: Bell
Last Action: 04/12/2017 H Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to the protection of the rights of a property owner in an eminent domain proceeding.

HB 3173 Author: Bell
Sponsor: Creighton
Last Action: 06/12/2017 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to the powers of the Harris County Improvement District No. 17 and to the creation of the East Lake Houston Management District; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose assessments, fees, or taxes.

HB 3758 Author: Bell
Last Action: 03/31/2017 H Referred to Ways & Means: Mar 31 2017 4:30PM
Caption: Relating to the weight accorded in a protest hearing before an appraisal review board of a determination by a certified appraiser of the appraised or market value of property.

HB 3760 Author: Bell
Last Action: 03/31/2017 H Referred to Ways & Means: Mar 31 2017 4:30PM
Caption: Relating to the failure of a property owner to receive notice of a protest hearing from the appraisal review board with which the owner has filed the protest.

HB 3787 Author: Bell
Last Action: 04/28/2017 H Committee report sent to Calendars
Caption: Relating to limiting the applicability of municipal and county regulations affecting real property.

HB 3796 Author: Bell
Last Action: 03/31/2017 H Referred to Higher Education: Mar 31 2017 4:30PM
Caption: Relating to the transfer of territory between junior college district service areas.

HB 3934 Author: Bell | Wu
Sponsor: Perry
Last Action: 06/15/2017 E Effective on 9/1/17
Caption: Relating to training and continuing education requirements for certain long-term care facilities.

HB 4183 Author: Bell
Last Action: 05/12/2017 H Returned to Local & Consent Calendars Comm.
Caption: Relating to the administration of certain water districts.

HB 4185 Author: Bell
Last Action: 03/31/2017 H Referred to Land & Resource Management: Mar 31 2017 4:30PM
Caption: Relating to a petition by a landowner for annexation of the landowner's property by a municipality or release of the property from the extraterritorial jurisdiction of the municipality.

HB 4274 Author: Bell
Last Action: 03/31/2017 H Referred to Natural Resources: Mar 31 2017 5:33PM
Caption: Relating to the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District's groundwater reduction plan.

HB 4282 Author: Bell
Last Action: 05/19/2017 H Laid on the table subject to call
Caption: Relating to the powers, duties, and governance of the Westwood Magnolia Parkway Improvement District; authorizing assessments.

HB 4319 Author: Bell
Last Action: 05/02/2017 H Comm. report sent to Local & Consent Calendar
Caption: Relating to the creation of the Montgomery County Municipal Utility District No. 159; granting a limited power of eminent domain; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose assessments, fees, and taxes.

HCR 28 Author: Bell | Keough
Last Action: 02/15/2017 H Referred to State & Federal Power & Responsibility, Select: Feb 15 2017 12:01PM
Caption: Expressing opposition to United Nations Agenda 21.

HCR 29 Author: Bell | Keough
Last Action: 03/30/2017 H Left pending in committee
Caption: Declaring that presidential executive orders cannot interfere with states' rights.

HCR 90 Author: Bell
Last Action: 03/31/2017 H Referred to State & Federal Power & Responsibility, Select: Mar 31 2017 4:30PM
Caption: Urging Congress to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

HJR 21 Author: Bell | Metcalf | Guillen | Shine | Blanco
Sponsor: Creighton
Last Action: 05/30/2017 E Filed with the Secretary of State
Caption: Proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of part of the market value of the residence homestead of a partially disabled veteran or the surviving spouse of a partially disabled veteran if the residence homestead was donated to the disabled veteran by a charitable organization for less than the market value of the residence homestead and harmonizing certain related provisions of the Texas Constitution.

HJR 26 Author: Bell | Metcalf | Keough
Last Action: 02/14/2017 H Referred to Ways & Means: Feb 14 2017 11:44AM
Caption: Proposing a constitutional amendment to authorize the legislature to limit the maximum appraised value of real property for ad valorem tax purposes to 105 percent or more of the appraised value of the property for the preceding tax year.

HR 80 Author: Bell
Last Action: 01/26/2017 H Reported enrolled: Jan 26 2017 1:15PM
Caption: Recognizing the first responders of Montgomery County who saved the life of Jonathan Arteaga.

HR 206 Author: Bell
Last Action: 02/01/2017 H Reported enrolled: Feb 1 2017 11:11AM
Caption: Recognizing January 31, 2017, as Waller County Day at the State Capitol.

HR 269 Author: Bell
Last Action: 02/08/2017 H Reported enrolled: Feb 8 2017 12:25PM
Caption: Honoring Student Leadership Magnolia ISD for its efforts to develop future civic leaders.

HR 466 Author: Bell
Last Action: 03/02/2017 H Reported enrolled: Mar 2 2017 7:41PM
Caption: Recognizing February 27, 2017, as Prairie View A&M University Day at the State Capitol.

HR 616 Author: Bell
Last Action: 03/07/2017 H Reported enrolled: Mar 7 2017 6:59PM
Caption: Honoring the Young Republicans of Magnolia High Schools on the occasion of their visit to the State Capitol.

HR 626 Author: Bell | Howard
Last Action: 03/07/2017 H Reported enrolled: Mar 7 2017 6:32PM
Caption: Commending Matthew Wright for his service as an assistant sergeant-at-arms for the Texas House of Representatives.

HR 2434 Author: Bell
Last Action: 05/31/2017 H Reported enrolled: May 31 2017 11:56AM
Caption: Commending Brandon Bell on his service as a legislative intern in the office of State Representative Cecil Bell.

HR 2435 Author: Bell
Last Action: 05/31/2017 H Reported enrolled: May 31 2017 11:57AM
Caption: Commending Jacob Rosen for his service as a legislative intern in the office of State Representative Cecil Bell.

HR 2436 Author: Bell
Last Action: 05/31/2017 H Reported enrolled: May 31 2017 11:58AM
Caption: Commending Halen Butler for his service as a legislative aide in the office of State Representative Cecil Bell.

HR 2437 Author: Bell
Last Action: 05/31/2017 H Reported enrolled: May 31 2017 11:59AM
Caption: Commending Clint Harned for his service as a legislative aide in the office of State Representative Cecil Bell.

HR 2602 Author: Bell | Cyrier | Moody
Last Action: 05/31/2017 H Reported enrolled: May 31 2017 10:36AM
Caption: Honoring A. J. Foyt on his career in motorsports.

Joint Author (28):
HB 44 Author: Keough | Metcalf | Bell
Last Action: 02/13/2017 H Referred to Ways & Means: Feb 13 2017 3:06PM
Caption: Relating to a limitation on the maximum appraised value of real property for ad valorem tax purposes of 105 percent of the appraised value of the property for the preceding tax year.

HB 85 Author: Keough | Metcalf | Bell
Last Action: 02/13/2017 H Referred to Ways & Means: Feb 13 2017 3:06PM
Caption: Relating to the selection of the chief appraiser of an appraisal district; authorizing a fee.

HB 99 Author: Keough | Metcalf | Bell
Last Action: 03/01/2017 H Referred to State & Federal Power & Responsibility, Select: Mar 1 2017 3:20PM
Caption: Relating to the enforcement of certain federal laws regulating firearms, firearm accessories, and firearm ammunition; creating a criminal offense.

HB 113 Author: Keough | Metcalf | Bell
Last Action: 02/14/2017 H Referred to Transportation: Feb 14 2017 11:25AM
Caption: Relating to the authority of the governing body of a local authority to impose a civil penalty for certain violations recorded by an automated traffic control system or a photographic traffic signal enforcement system; providing a civil penalty.

HB 374 Author: Johnson, Jarvis | Arévalo | Bell | Thierry | Giddings
Last Action: 05/05/2017 H Laid on the table subject to call
Caption: Relating to the requirement that the Texas Workforce Commission provide certain employment information for secondary school students.

HB 376 Author: Metcalf | Keough | Bell
Last Action: 02/16/2017 H Referred to Ways & Means: Feb 16 2017 11:33AM
Caption: Relating to the limitation on increases in the appraised value of a residence homestead for ad valorem taxation.

HB 403 Author: Springer | White | Shaheen | Oliverson | Bell
Last Action: 02/16/2017 H Referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety: Feb 16 2017 11:33AM
Caption: Relating to the handgun proficiency required to obtain or renew a license to carry a handgun.

HB 424 Author: Huberty | Larson | Workman | Bailes | Bell
Last Action: 05/08/2017 H Placed on General State Calendar
Caption: Relating to municipal annexation.

HB 556 Author: Keough | Bell
Last Action: 03/28/2017 H No action taken in committee
Caption: Relating to the civil liability of certain persons in connection with allowing or forbidding handguns on the premises of a business or apartment complex.

HB 587 Author: Bohac | Workman | Bell
Last Action: 03/07/2017 H Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to the creation of a technology applications course allotment under the foundation school program.

HB 758 Author: Keough | Metcalf | Bell
Last Action: 02/20/2017 H Referred to Ways & Means: Feb 20 2017 3:08PM
Caption: Relating to the authority of a religious organization to obtain a refund of ad valorem taxes imposed on property leased to the organization for use as an actual place of religious worship.

HB 1344 Author: Cain | Lang | Keough | Bell
Last Action: 02/27/2017 H Referred to State Affairs: Feb 27 2017 3:33PM
Caption: Relating to protection for reporting the existence of certain immigration policies of a governmental entity.

HB 1602 Author: Keough | Walle | Thompson, Senfronia | Oliverson | Bell
Last Action: 03/06/2017 H Referred to Higher Education: Mar 6 2017 3:34PM
Caption: Relating to authorization by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for certain public junior colleges to offer baccalaureate degree programs.

HB 1982 Author: Metcalf | Keough | Bell
Sponsor: Creighton
Last Action: 05/18/2017 E Effective on 9/1/17
Caption: Relating to the board of directors of the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District.

HB 2172 Author: Ashby | Rinaldi | Bailes | Bell | Workman
Last Action: 05/04/2017 H Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to the use of state money for high-speed rail operated by a private entity.

HB 2173 Author: Ashby | Bell | Workman
Last Action: 03/21/2017 H Referred to Transportation: Mar 21 2017 12:01PM
Caption: Relating to a report by the Texas Department of Transportation and the Legislative Budget Board on high-speed rail projects.

HB 2358 Author: Metcalf | Bell | Keough | Perez | Murphy
Sponsor: Kolkhorst
Last Action: 06/15/2017 E Effective on 1/1/18
Caption: Relating to eligible voters in a confirmation election for a conservation and reclamation district.

HB 3535 Author: Keough | Raymond | Faircloth | Krause | Bell
Sponsor: Perry
Last Action: 06/12/2017 E Effective on 9/1/17
Caption: Relating to the taking of certain feral hogs and coyotes using a hot air balloon.

HCR 26 Author: Keough | Schofield | Metcalf | Bell
Last Action: 03/30/2017 H Left pending in committee
Caption: Claiming sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution over all powers not otherwise enumerated and granted to the federal government by the U.S. Constitution.

HCR 44 Author: Metcalf | Keough | Bell | Darby | Flynn
Last Action: 05/12/2017 H Laid on the table subject to call
Caption: Urging Congress to pass S.2896, the Care Veterans Deserve Act of 2016.

HJR 17 Author: Keough | Metcalf | Bell
Last Action: 02/13/2017 H Referred to Ways & Means: Feb 13 2017 3:06PM
Caption: Proposing a constitutional amendment to authorize the legislature to limit the maximum appraised value of real property for ad valorem tax purposes to 105 percent or less of the appraised value of the property for the preceding tax year.

HJR 33 Author: Metcalf | Keough | Bell
Last Action: 02/16/2017 H Referred to Ways & Means: Feb 16 2017 11:33AM
Caption: Proposing a constitutional amendment to authorize the legislature to set a lower limit on the maximum appraised value of a residence homestead for ad valorem taxation.

HR 52 Author: Schofield | Bell | Zerwas
Last Action: 02/09/2017 H Reported enrolled: Feb 9 2017 2:54PM
Caption: Commemorating the 15th anniversary of Snappy's Café and Grill in Katy.

HR 166 Author: Schofield | Bell | Zerwas | Vo | Murphy
Last Action: 02/28/2017 H Reported enrolled: Feb 28 2017 6:30PM
Caption: Congratulating the Katy Independent School District on being ranked by Niche.com as one of the top school districts in the Houston area.

HR 561 Author: Metcalf | Keough | Bell
Last Action: 03/17/2017 H Reported enrolled: Mar 17 2017 11:10AM
Caption: Recognizing March 7, 2017, as Montgomery County Day at the State Capitol.

HR 704 Author: Gonzales, Larry | Metcalf | Bell | Dale | Workman
Last Action: 03/17/2017 H Reported enrolled: Mar 17 2017 3:15PM
Caption: Recognizing March 23, 2017, as Community Impact Newspaper Day at the State Capitol.

HR 717 Author: Schofield | Zerwas | Bell
Last Action: 03/17/2017 H Reported enrolled: Mar 17 2017 3:05PM
Caption: Commending Fabol R. Hughes for his service as mayor of the City of Katy.

HR 1412 Author: Oliverson | Bell | Schofield | Schubert | Raney
Last Action: 05/04/2017 H Reported enrolled: May 4 2017 10:21AM
Caption: Commemorating the grand opening of the Daikin Texas Technology Park in Waller on May 24, 2017.

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