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State Senate 19

1. Abortion: The 1973 Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court abortion decision.
James Sturch (Republican)
Oppose
2. Marriage: The 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges U.S. Supreme Court same-sex marriage decision.
James Sturch (Republican)
Oppose
3. Marijuana: Prohibiting the smoking of medical marijuana.
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.
James Sturch (Republican)
Support
5. Assisted Suicide: Allowing doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to terminally-ill patients who wish to end their lives.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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%.
James Sturch (Republican)
Support
11. How should Arkansas address our illegal immigrant population?
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?
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?
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.