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State Senate 15

1. Abortion: The 1973 Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court abortion decision.
Dean Elliott (Republican)
Oppose
Mark Johnson (Republican)
Oppose
2. Marriage: The 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges U.S. Supreme Court same-sex marriage decision.
Dean Elliott (Republican)
Oppose
Mark Johnson (Republican)
Oppose
3. Marijuana: Prohibiting the smoking of medical marijuana.
Dean Elliott (Republican)
Undecided
The Legislature failed to pass this bill last year. I am concerned this has the potential to override the direct voice of the voters.
Mark Johnson (Republican)
Support
I believe that upon appropriate physician review, cannabis should be available in pill or other appropriate form. Smoking marijuana has too many unresolved health and regulatory problems.
4. Conscience: Allowing healthcare professionals to opt out of non-emergency treatments that violate their deeply-held religious, moral, or ethical convictions.
Dean Elliott (Republican)
Support
Mark Johnson (Republican)
Support
5. Assisted Suicide: Allowing doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to terminally-ill patients who wish to end their lives.
Dean Elliott (Republican)
Oppose
Mark Johnson (Republican)
Oppose
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.
Dean Elliott (Republican)
Support
I support a bathroom bill, provided there is a compelling state need for one. So far this has not been an issue for Arkansas. I share the position of Gov. Hutchinson that local control is best fitted to address this potential problem.
Mark Johnson (Republican)
Support
7. Education: Allowing parents to enroll their child in the public school of their choice anywhere in Arkansas.
Dean Elliott (Republican)
Support
As a former Charter School board member, I am in favor of all avenues of education which allow parents to ensure their children receive the best education possible.
Mark Johnson (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.
Dean Elliott (Republican)
Support
The proposed amendment may not be perfect, but like Gov. Hutchinson, I believe reform is needed.
Mark Johnson (Republican)
Oppose
I support many parts of tort reform, but believe that a human life has a value beyond economics, and believe that setting a low level of compensation, such as $500,000 does not provide an effective deterrent to abuse or neglect.
9. Civil Liberties: Amending the Arkansas Civil Rights Act of 1993 to add sexual orientation to the list of protected classes.
Dean Elliott (Republican)
Oppose
Mark Johnson (Republican)
Oppose
10. Lottery: Requiring the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery to increase the percentage of proceeds allocated for scholarships to a minimum of 25%.
Dean Elliott (Republican)
Support
Mark Johnson (Republican)
Support
11. How should Arkansas address our illegal immigrant population?
Dean Elliott (Republican)
First, the Arkansas Legislature should enact laws to ensure no cities in this state become "Sanctuary Cities." We should also ensure all law enforcement officials are supported by the state in efforts to enforce all immigration laws of the land.
Mark Johnson (Republican)
Immigration issues are clearly Federal issues. Local and state governments must support Federal laws in this area. Immigrant populations should be treated with dignity, but Federal laws, too often ignored, should be enforced.
12. How can Arkansas prevent mass shootings?
Dean Elliott (Republican)
People who are willing to commit mass murder are not likely to be compelled to comply with laws regarding firearms. More gun laws are not the answer.
Mark Johnson (Republican)
“Gun Free Zones” are an invitation to terrorists and deranged individuals to attack. The best defense against a bad person with a gun is a good person with a gun. I support the right of responsible citizens to keep and bear arms, for individual and collective defense.
13. What specific legislation will you work to enact?
Dean Elliott (Republican)
As a member of the House, part of my focus was public safety. I passed a bill prohibiting Department of Corrections from granting furlough to 1st degree murderers. I will pick up where I left off and work to ensure serial offenders are not allowed to be in a position to endanger the public.
Mark Johnson (Republican)
Arkansas needs serious ethics reform, serious tax reform, serious spending reform, and serious regulatory reform. When elected, I intent to work on all of these.