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State Senate 19

1. Abortion: The 1973 Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court abortion decision.
Linda Collins-Smith (Republican)
Oppose
James Sturch (Republican)
Oppose
2. Marriage: The 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges U.S. Supreme Court same-sex marriage decision.
Linda Collins-Smith (Republican)
Oppose
James Sturch (Republican)
Oppose
3. Marijuana: Prohibiting the smoking of medical marijuana.
Linda Collins-Smith (Republican)
Support
James Sturch (Republican)
Undecided
The voters in Arkansas amended the state constitution to now say that medical marijuana is acceptable. When people voted for it, they assumed smoking. I support common-sense restrictions and regulations. For example, it is already illegal to smoke it in public places.
4. Conscience: Allowing healthcare professionals to opt out of non-emergency treatments that violate their deeply-held religious, moral, or ethical convictions.
Linda Collins-Smith (Republican)
Support
James Sturch (Republican)
Support
5. Assisted Suicide: Allowing doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to terminally-ill patients who wish to end their lives.
Linda Collins-Smith (Republican)
Oppose
James Sturch (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.
Linda Collins-Smith (Republican)
Support
James Sturch (Republican)
Support
I understand there is an economic impact when these policies are being debated. I believe the common-sense approach should be to make sure that restrooms are not the place to allow anyone's safety/well-being to be jeopardized.
7. Education: Allowing parents to enroll their child in the public school of their choice anywhere in Arkansas.
Linda Collins-Smith (Republican)
Support
James Sturch (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.
Linda Collins-Smith (Republican)
Oppose
*I support Tort Reform but I do not support Issue #1 as it is written. Putting a price tag on life is wrong and when you change the Constitution you had better get it right and this bill was amended many times and I waited until the last day to see if this bill was something I could support and it did not get to approval for me.
James Sturch (Republican)
Support
Tort reform is in our Republican platform and is an issue I believe the voters should ultimately decide. Several states have enacted such reforms, some stricter than the current proposal. The amendment that the legislature referred to the voters for the 2018 general election does the exact opposite of what this question suggests. When there are cases of abuse/neglect, there are no limits. I believe this question misleads voters on what the current tort reform proposal does.
9. Civil Liberties: Amending the Arkansas Civil Rights Act of 1993 to add sexual orientation to the list of protected classes.
Linda Collins-Smith (Republican)
Oppose
James Sturch (Republican)
Oppose
10. Lottery: Requiring the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery to increase the percentage of proceeds allocated for scholarships to a minimum of 25%.
Linda Collins-Smith (Republican)
Support
James Sturch (Republican)
Support
11. How should Arkansas address our illegal immigrant population?
Linda Collins-Smith (Republican)
A safe Arkansas begins by enforcing the border laws we have on the books! Giving law enforcement the tools necessary, budget, support of the government to work with the Federal Agencies and protecting the citizens of our state so that our families can be safe, then AR must make sure we enforce laws on the books. Simple. Support the legal immigration programs, strong enforcement of our laws and anyone participating in illegal activity has to be punished like other persons who break the laws. In my district part of the conversation continues sanctuary cities should not exist and those that harbor should be punished. Colleges with students who are here illegally or receive taxpayer dollars from the taxpayers of Arkansas and voters do not want illegals to be able to vote or get college funds that could go to their children or grandchildren or go to fight crime or other infrastructure in this state if we have that much money to give away they want it for families of our own.
James Sturch (Republican)
As a state, we should be doing a better job of ensuring employers are verifying employees. We can also continue efforts to keep illegals from receiving state benefits by verifying residency and citizenship. There are legal ways to enter this country, to work, and become a citizen if one chooses. We should encourage doing it the right way.
12. How can Arkansas prevent mass shootings?
Linda Collins-Smith (Republican)
First remove Federal Law that creates a target on the backs of children, teachers, administration mark/enforce the schools that create gun free zones. Then encourage each school in the district to actively prioritize the safety of children, teachers, and staff as a top issue for the 2018 school involving the local parents & community that involves actual physical protection.
James Sturch (Republican)
Banning firearms will not stop evil people. We should be focused on providing effective mental health services and supporting those ongoing efforts already in the state. We can also better train and prepare school resource officers, event security, and first responders on how to handle these potential situations.
13. What specific legislation will you work to enact?
Linda Collins-Smith (Republican)
Conservative legislation such as Pro-Life, Fight Assisted Suicide, School Choice, Clear Ballot / Title match body of bills for constitutional issues, Legislator/Attorney/Ethics Bills, Right For Families To Do Business-Make a Living in AR , Safety in Schools or Public Buildings for Children, Teachers, Staff & Visitors, Protect the Rights to Bear Arms of Law Abiding Citizens, Continue Work on Family Cases & Clean Up Issues in Departments with DHS, Corrections Department, Inmate Overcrowding, Mental Health, High Cost of Insurance, NEEDIEST Aged, Disabled, Mentally Ill Veterans Issues, More Prayer back in School, Strengthen Marriage Laws, Department Human Service Laws must be worked on some more. Conservative, Christian, Family, Safety-Family-Unit-Building Laws to Rebuild what Government has spent years tearing down!
James Sturch (Republican)
I would like to continue my focus of improving education throughout Arkansas. This means balancing support between the different options and needs that parents and students face across the state. I want to continue seeing an increased emphasis on workforce and job skills training in high schools where students have viable options for a career or field of study that they can find a job right here at home. And I want us to put a new focus on providing more history and civics to our students where we focus on preparing young people to be future leaders in their communities.