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State Senate 13

1. Abortion: The 1973 Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court abortion decision.
Alan Clark (Republican)
Oppose
Jeff Crow (Republican)
Oppose
2. Guns: Confiscation of firearms from citizens that the government deem a danger to themselves or others, otherwise known as red flag laws.
Alan Clark (Republican)
Oppose
Two important points here.
1. We have some holes in our mental health treatment in this country that we must address. Part of the answer is Crisis Stabilization Units which I have supported. I am working with mental health providers, law enforcement and others on answers to this crisis including upcoming legislation.

2. After leading on child welfare reform for the past few years I am positive we do NOT want another way for people to subvert the constitution with just a phone call and especially not the Second Amendment.
Jeff Crow (Republican)
Oppose
3. Marijuana: Amending the Arkansas Constitution to legalize recreational marijuana.
Alan Clark (Republican)
Oppose
As a child of the 70s I tend to have a “live and let live” libertarian mindset and generally don’t like anymore government imposed restrictions than necessary.

After leading on child welfare reform the last few years and seeing the number of children removed from homes with drug abuse as one of the factors has gone from 18% to around 50% in a decade. I cannot at this time support anything that has such potential to cause more chaos and destruction in the lives of children and families.
Jeff Crow (Republican)
Oppose
4. Taxes: Amending the Arkansas Constitution in 2020 to indefinitely continue the current 0.5% sales and use tax for road construction.
Alan Clark (Republican)
Undecided
I hate to answer any question undecided but I think that it is important we first tell the truth .

There are 2 major issues at conflict here; needed infrastructure and how to pay for it versus increasing taxes. To survive and grow as a state and supply jobs for ourselves and our children we must take care of our infrastructure like our roads and highways. A visit to a third world country will convince anyone not to take infrastructure for granted. As a people we must provide that infrastructure and we must decide how to pay for it.

We also have one of the highest sales tax and income tax burdens in the country. The lower our tax burden, the easer and more inviting is our state for producing jobs and growing the economy.

If there is anything proper for people to decide themselves through a direct vote it is their tax burden. That is why when so many of my constituents told me NOT to vote for a tax increase on highways and roads but to place it on the ballot for them to decide, that is exactly what I did. My vote on this issue in November will have no more weight than theirs. The people will decide. I will decide whether to vote for this tax to support our infrastructure or vote against it and look for other cuts to make in order to pay for this needed infrastructure before I go to the ballot box in November. In the meantime, I will continue to listen to you.
Jeff Crow (Republican)
Support
5. Hate Crimes: Increased penalties for crimes committed because of the victim’s race, gender, or sexual orientation.
Alan Clark (Republican)
Oppose
Generally speaking, I want our laws to be clear, fair, and free of emotion which means I do not think that laws specifically targeting hate crimes set a good precedent. But in my role as Judiciary Committee chairman, I did hear several bills that were of a similar nature and after asking some tough questions there one or two I did end up supporting. These bills involved attacks on law enforcement and prison personnel and it seemed to me that in those cases enhanced sentencing tipped the scales, but I still was not in love with the idea.

My stance is this; my default is to oppose hate crime legislation but depending on how the bill is written, how terms are defined, if a good argument can be made for it, and I can see proof that it will work as a deterrent, I can be persuaded to support it.
Jeff Crow (Republican)
Oppose
6. Conscience: Allowing healthcare professionals to opt out of non-emergency treatments and procedures that violate their deeply-held religious, moral, or ethical convictions.
Alan Clark (Republican)
Support
Jeff Crow (Republican)
Support
7. Education: Allowing parents to enroll their child in the public school of their choice anywhere in Arkansas.
Alan Clark (Republican)
Support
My family has been deeply affected by school choice and the lack of it. A major reason I do not have a college education (even though I was a 4.0 valedictorian and National Merit Semifinalist) was the lack of school choice. My daughter on the other hand works at the UN in Bonn, Germany, and is fluent in 2 languages largely because she was afforded school choice.

I have been a major leader on this issue in the state legislature. I believe in the selfishness of parents. Parents will make the right choice for their children far more often than the government will.
Jeff Crow (Republican)
Support