Legislative Report Card


Sen. Linda Chesterfield (Back to 2019 Report Card)
State Senate 30
Democrat
Overall Grade for 2019: F (40%)
A = 90% - 100%; B = 80% - 89%; C = 70% - 79%; D = 60% - 69%; F = 59% or Less;
I = Incomplete (Legislator Did Not Vote Enough to Earn a Grade)
Bill No.
Sen. Chesterfield's Vote
Yes (Good Vote)
Liquor Stores and Daycares
This bill effectively prohibits liquor stores from opening near a public or private daycare facility licensed by the State of Arkansas. Family Council Action Committee opposes the expansion of alcohol and supported this bill. The House passed the bill by a vote of 82-3. The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 26-5.
NotVoting/Absent
Prohibition of Public Funding of Human Cloning and Destructive Embryo Research Act
This bill prohibits public funds from being used to finance human cloning or destructive embryo research. Family Council Action Committee supports the sanctity of human life and supported this bill. The House passed the bill by a vote of 70-8. The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 26-1.
Yes (Good Vote)
Home Schooling and Public School Classes
This bill prohibits public schools from charging home schoolers for taking a public school course if the public school students are not also charged the same amount. Family Council Action Committee supports the rights of home schoolers and supported this bill. The House passed the bill by a vote of 88-0. The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 34-0.
Yes (Good Vote)
Home Schooling and Public School Classes
This bill requires public schools to allow home schoolers to take public school courses if they meet the same requirements for public school students. Family Council Action Committee supports the rights of home schoolers and supported this bill. The House passed the bill by a vote of 55-27. The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 34-0.
No (Bad Vote)
Cherish Act
This bill prohibits most abortions 18 weeks into a woman?s pregnancy. Family Council Action Committee believes life begins at conception and supported this bill. The House passed the bill by a vote of 86-1. The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 28-6.
No (Bad Vote)
Perinatal Palliative Care Information Act
This bill requires abortionists to inform women about palliative care services and offer them as an alternative to abortion if the unborn child is unlikely to survive. Family Council Action Committee supports the sanctity of human life and supported this bill. The House passed the bill by a vote of 73-18. The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 29-5.
No (Bad Vote)
Home Schooling and Interscholastic Activities
This bill makes it easier for home schoolers to participate in interscholastic activities at their local private schools. Family Council Action Committee supports the rights of home schoolers and supported this bill. The House passed the bill by a vote of 87-0. The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 34-1.
Yes (Good Vote)
Primary Prevention Programs Act
This bill creates ?primary prevention programs? that teach students how to avoid risky behaviors and situations, similar to Arkansas? successful abstinence education programs of the late 1990s and early 2000s. Family Council Action Committee supports abstinence education programs and supported this bill. The House passed the bill by a vote of 64-9. The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 28-2
NotVoting/Absent
Bible Course in Public Schools
This bill requires the Arkansas Department of Education to develop a Bible course for high school credit to help districts that want to offer the course. Family Council Action Committee is a Christian organization and supported this bill. The House passed the bill by a vote of 82-3. The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 28-2.
NotVoting/Absent
Abortions in State Custody
This bill prohibits state agencies from approving or using public funds towards an abortion for women in the custody of the state. Family Council Action Committee believes in protecting the sanctity of human life and supported this bill. The House passed the bill by a vote of 75-16. The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 29-3.
No (Bad Vote)
Arkansas Human Life Protection Act
This bill prohibits abortion in Arkansas if Roe v. Wade is overturned. Family Council Action Committee believes life begins at conception and supported this bill. The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 29-6. The House passed the bill by a vote of 72-20.
Yes (Good Vote)
Forming Open and Robust University Minds (FORUM) Act
This bill prohibits public institutions of higher education from restricting free speech and eliminates "speech zones" that previously censored students? free speech on campus. Family Council Action Committee supports religious liberty and free speech and supported this bill. The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 27-0. The House passed the bill by a vote of 75-3.
Yes (Good Vote)
Amend Safe Haven Act
This bill expands the law allowing people to anonymously surrender a newborn without criminal prosecution by adding fire stations to the locations where babies can be surrendered. Family Council Action Committee believes in protecting the sanctity of human life and supported this bill. The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 35-0. The House passed the bill by a vote of 86-0.
NotVoting/Absent
Down Syndrome Discrimination by Abortion Prohibition Act
This bill prohibits abortions performed based on the diagnosis of Down Syndrome in an unborn child. Family Council Action Committee believes in protecting the sanctity of human life and supported this bill. The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 29-2. The House passed the bill by a vote of 75-11.
No (Bad Vote)
Amend Woman?s Right to Know Act and Additional Abortion Reporting Requirements
This bill expands the waiting period for an abortion from 48 to 72 hours, requires abortion clinics to report babies born alive due to a botched abortion, and institutes additional safeguards for women and unborn children. Family Council Action Committee supports the safety and protection of all women and supported this bill. The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 29-5. The House passed the bill by a vote of 75-13.
No (Bad Vote)
Abortion Clinic Reporting
This bill requires abortionists and abortion clinics to report complications arising from an abortion. Family Council Action Committee supports the safety and protection of all women and supported this bill. The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 28-6. The House passed the bill by a vote of 75-13.
Yes (Bad Vote)
Arkansas Healthy Lifestyle Education Act of 2019
This bill could allow organizations like Planned Parenthood to teach sex education in grades 7-12. Family Council Action Committee opposes public school programs offered by abortion providers and opposed this bill. The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 29-3. It failed in the House Education Committee.
No (Bad Vote)
Abortion Pill Reversal
This bill requires abortionists to give their patients, who use abortion inducing drugs, information about abortion pill reversal. Family Council Action Committee believes in protecting the sanctity of human life and supported this bill. The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 29-5. The House passed the bill by a vote of 70-14.
Yes (Good Vote)
Ban Use of Medical Marijuana in Food and Drink
This bill prohibits companies from making and selling marijuana infused candy, food, or beverage products that appeal to children. Family Council Action Committee supports banning dangerous products infused with marijuana and supported this bill. The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 33-1. The House passed the bill by a vote of 74-7.
Present
Restrictions on Advertising of Medical Marijuana
This bill prohibits marijuana advertising from targeting children and restricts certain marijuana advertisements. Family Council Action Committee supports restrictions on marijuana advertising and supported this bill. The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 33-0. The House passed the bill by a vote of 85-2.
No (Bad Vote)
Physician Qualifications to Perform Abortions
This bill requires an abortionist in Arkansas to be a board certified or board eligible OBGYN and updates the definition of viability. Family Council Action Committee supports the safety and protection of all women and supported this bill. The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 29-5. The House passed the bill by a vote of 70-15.
No (Bad Vote)
Initiatives and Paid Canvassers
This bill establishes new regulations on paid petition canvassers and organizations that employ paid petition canvassers in efforts to gather signatures and place measures on the ballot. Family Council Action Committee supports the initiative process and supported this bill. The Senate defeated the bill by a vote of 15-8
Yes (Bad Vote)
Establishing Temporary or Permanent Designated Entertainment Districts
This bill allows cities, municipalities, or towns to designate certain areas in wet counties only, as "entertainment districts," allowing the public consumption of alcohol. Family Council Action Committee opposes the expansion of alcohol and opposed this bill. The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 18-12. The House passed the bill by a vote of 51-19.
Yes (Good Vote)
Enhanced Penalties for Physician Assisted Suicide
This bill enhances the penalty for physician assisted suicide in Arkansas. Family Council Action Committee believes in protecting life from conception to natural death and supported this bill. The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 35-0. The House passed the bill by a vote of 75-13.
No (Bad Vote)
Arkansas Tax Credit Scholarship Act
This bill creates a school choice program for low income students by providing them a scholarship for educational expenses towards a nonpublic school that best fits the student. Family Council Action Committee supports school choice and supported this bill. The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 21-10. It failed in the House Education Committee.