Bledsoe seeks Dis­trict 3 Se­nate re-elec­tion

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - DOUG THOMP­SON

ROGERS — State Sen. Ce­cile Bledsoe, R-Rogers, is seek­ing an­other term for the Dis­trict 3 seat, she an­nounced Mon­day.

Dis­trict 3 in­cludes part of Rogers, Pea Ridge, Garfield and Avoca among much of east­ern Ben­ton County. She has no an­nounced op­po­nent.

Bledsoe is one of 35 state sen­a­tors; chair­woman of the Com­mit­tee on Public Health, Wel­fare and La­bor; and a mem­ber of the Joint Bud­get Com­mit­tee.

She served three terms in the state House end­ing in early 2004, when the state’s con­sti­tu­tion still lim­ited House mem­bers to no more than three terms. She ran for the Se­nate in 2008 and has served there since.

The Public Health Com­mit­tee plays a ma­jor role in over­see­ing Med­i­caid fi­nanc­ing and how Arkansas im­ple­ments the fed­eral health care law. “Un­til we can agree on a for­mula that is fi­nan­cially sus­tain­able, health care will con­tinue gen­er­at­ing con­tro­versy for elected of­fi­cials,” Bledsoe said in a state­ment. “My hope is that we can adopt a long-term so­lu­tion so that fu­ture gen­er­a­tions of lead­ers will be able to fo­cus on other press­ing is­sues.”

The se­na­tor reached an agree­ment with doc­tors, hospitals and other health care providers in draft­ing and pass­ing Act 203 of 2017. That act al­lows greater use of telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions equip­ment for mak­ing med­i­cal di­ag­noses while bal­anc­ing qual­ity of care is­sues, pri­vacy con­cerns and pre­vent­ing abuse of such a sys­tem for ac­quir­ing drugs for im­proper use.

Bledsoe is mar­ried to a sur­geon and she is a for­mer vice pres­i­dent and of­fice man­ager for a sur­gi­cal clinic. Her son, Greg, is the state’s sur­geon gen­eral.

Abor­tion bills in the Se­nate usu­ally go be­fore the Public Health Com­mit­tee. Bledsoe is known for her sup­port of anti-abor­tion leg­is­la­tion and has co-spon­sored sev­eral. She also spon­sored Act 904 of 2011, which al­lowed the mul­ti­year reg­is­tra­tion of per­sonal use ve­hi­cles. This al­lowed Arkansas res­i­dents to reg­is­ter their per­sonal ve­hi­cles for up to three years at a time.


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