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State Senate 3

1. Abortion: The 1973 Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court abortion decision.
Cecile Bledsoe (Republican)
Oppose
2. Marriage: The 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges U.S. Supreme Court same-sex marriage decision.
Cecile Bledsoe (Republican)
Oppose
3. Marijuana: Prohibiting the smoking of medical marijuana.
Cecile Bledsoe (Republican)
Support
4. Conscience: Allowing healthcare professionals to opt out of non-emergency treatments that violate their deeply-held religious, moral, or ethical convictions.
Cecile Bledsoe (Republican)
Support
5. Assisted Suicide: Allowing doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to terminally-ill patients who wish to end their lives.
Cecile Bledsoe (Republican)
Oppose
6. Privacy: Requiring individuals who choose to use changing facilities, locker rooms, restrooms, and showers in public schools, colleges, and government buildings to use the facility designated for their biological sex.
Cecile Bledsoe (Republican)
Support
7. Education: Allowing parents to enroll their child in the public school of their choice anywhere in Arkansas.
Cecile Bledsoe (Republican)
Support
8. Tort Lawsuits: Limiting noneconomic damages awarded in lawsuits to $500,000 or less in cases of severe injury or death caused by negligence or misconduct.
Cecile Bledsoe (Republican)
Support
9. Civil Liberties: Amending the Arkansas Civil Rights Act of 1993 to add sexual orientation to the list of protected classes.
Cecile Bledsoe (Republican)
Oppose
10. Lottery: Requiring the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery to increase the percentage of proceeds allocated for scholarships to a minimum of 25%.
Cecile Bledsoe (Republican)
Support
11. How should Arkansas address our illegal immigrant population?
Cecile Bledsoe (Republican)
While I have compassion for those who want to come to America, we are a nation of laws and it is not wise for Americans, or others outside of America who want to be part of this great country, to decide which laws they are going to obey. This is a federal issue but I would support creating a "Task Force on Illegal Immigration" to address this issue from a state perspective. A country with open borders, will not long remain a country!
12. How can Arkansas prevent mass shootings?
Cecile Bledsoe (Republican)
By recognizing and acting on the warning signs that are known to school authorities, law enforcement, families and friends. We also need to have armed, responsible adults such as law enforcement officers, retired veterans, or teachers who would volunteer, on the grounds and in the schools. I would suggest a redesign of the schools in the future with safety from an active shooter in mind, but for now, work on limiting the entrances to the school and monitor the buildings better.
13. What specific legislation will you work to enact?
Cecile Bledsoe (Republican)
As the lead sponsor in the legislative sessions of 2015 and 2017 on Telemedicine, I will continue to update and expand Telemedicine so that the people of Arkansas can have access to quality healthcare without concern as to whether they live in the urban or rural parts of the state.