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State House 25

1. Abortion: The 1973 Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court abortion decision.
Les Warren (Republican)
Oppose
I am Pro Life and seek to support bills that are in keeping with my stand.
2. Marriage: The 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges U.S. Supreme Court same-sex marriage decision.
Les Warren (Republican)
Oppose
3. Marijuana: Prohibiting the smoking of medical marijuana.
Les Warren (Republican)
Oppose
The people have voted on this, so I will not stand in the way of its implementation.
I have no problem with medical marijuana. I know of children whose seizures have stopped due to medical marijuana. If it truly helps in a medical situation, I have no problem with it, but I want it to stop there.
4. Conscience: Allowing healthcare professionals to opt out of non-emergency treatments that violate their deeply-held religious, moral, or ethical convictions.
Les Warren (Republican)
Support
As long as there are other medical providers available to provide the necessary care, I support this. If not, I believe they took an oath when they became a doctor to provide patients with the care they need.
5. Assisted Suicide: Allowing doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to terminally-ill patients who wish to end their lives.
Les Warren (Republican)
Undecided
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.
Les Warren (Republican)
Support
7. Education: Allowing parents to enroll their child in the public school of their choice anywhere in Arkansas.
Les Warren (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.
Les Warren (Republican)
Undecided
I believe this should be decided by a vote of the people of the State of Arkansas.
9. Civil Liberties: Amending the Arkansas Civil Rights Act of 1993 to add sexual orientation to the list of protected classes.
Les Warren (Republican)
Oppose
10. Lottery: Requiring the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery to increase the percentage of proceeds allocated for scholarships to a minimum of 25%.
Les Warren (Republican)
Oppose
I am of the understanding that there is a Committee that has oversight of the operations for the Lottery. I trust their judgment on what is appropriate.
11. How should Arkansas address our illegal immigrant population?
Les Warren (Republican)
This is a huge problem and I have learned a lot in the last year. There are many people in our state trying to gain citizenship to our country the right way, but the process is very lengthy. There are multiple problems with the process. I know that our Congressmen and Senators are working to improve this process and help those who want to become citizens. Many are already contributing to our state in significant ways. If they are not willing to go through the proper channels, then they need to return to their home country.
12. How can Arkansas prevent mass shootings?
Les Warren (Republican)
I would advocate two steps. First, I think we have to do a better job of making sure we are not putting guns in the hands of people who should not have them. The background checks should be followed to the last letter. If there is mental illness, there should be a restriction in place. Until a full background check is done, no gun should be allowed to be sold to an individual. Secondly, I believe we need to look at funding additional resource officers at our public schools.
13. What specific legislation will you work to enact?
Les Warren (Republican)
I am a strong advocate for public schools. I take very seriously the responsibility to seek to educate every child in this state. That said, I want to do all I can to make public schools the best they can be. More specifically, I want to focus on reading at the Pre-K through 3rd Grade. I truly believe we can change our society if we can get every kid reading at grade level through the third grade and then build on that reading skill.