State Senate 10
1. Abortion: The 1973 Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court abortion decision.
2. Marriage: The 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges U.S. Supreme Court same-sex marriage decision.
3. Marijuana: Prohibiting the smoking of medical marijuana.
4. Conscience: Allowing healthcare professionals to opt out of non-emergency treatments that violate their deeply-held religious, moral, or ethical convictions.
5. Assisted Suicide: Allowing doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to terminally-ill patients who wish to end their lives.
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.
7. Education: Allowing parents to enroll their child in the public school of their choice anywhere in Arkansas.
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.
9. Civil Liberties: Amending the Arkansas Civil Rights Act of 1993 to add sexual orientation to the list of protected classes.
10. Lottery: Requiring the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery to increase the percentage of proceeds allocated for scholarships to a minimum of 25%.
11. How should Arkansas address our illegal immigrant population?
I think that the Federal Government must eventually seal the border before any great strides can be made. In Arkansas - at this time - workers are at a shortage with unemployment as low as it is.
12. How can Arkansas prevent mass shootings?
I don't think that mass shootings can be prevented. Hopefully we can minimize them. As far as schools go, I would support a 6 foot chain link fence around every school building with only one entrance with an armed guard stationed at the entrance. I am afraid that will make the schools look like prisons but it is a start. Hopefully there is some technology that will help. I do not support gun control and I don't believe it would help.
13. What specific legislation will you work to enact?
I always think that the bills that I help kill are more important than the ones I pass. I don't particularly have an agenda other than trying to make sure that we don't spend more money than we have. As the current Senate Budget chair I devote most of my time to working on the budget.