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State Senate 3

1. Abortion: The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2022 Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization abortion decision.
Steve Crowell (Republican)
Support
Mark Silvey (Republican)
Support
I wholeheartedly support the overturning of Roe v. Wade in this decision. The ruling, however, should have gone further and ruled abortion illegal in every state based on the 14th Amendment that says, "nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." Abortion continues today in most states, and this is unacceptable. If the rights of some can be violated, then all of our rights are vulnerable to being violated.
2. Abortion: Arkansas' current law that prohibits abortion except to save the life of the mother in a medical emergency.
Steve Crowell (Republican)
Support
Mark Silvey (Republican)

Abortion should be prohibited 100% of the time. It is never right to kill a baby for any reason. We cannot choose to kill one person to save another. We must do all we can to save both mother and child in a medical emergency. If during every effort to save both lives, the baby does not survive, then the baby died while efforts were being made to save life through all available medical procedures. Abortion, the intentional killing of a baby, is never necessary to save the life of the mother. Advanced medical technology exists today, and should always be used to save life, not end it. Treatable medical conditions, such as high blood pressure, are often used as an excuse to pursue abortion.
3. Education: The 2023 LEARNS Act passed by the Arkansas Legislature that makes comprehensive changes to Arkansas' education laws.
Steve Crowell (Republican)
Support
Mark Silvey (Republican)

I wholeheartedly support parents having the final choice as to where their child is educated. I have serious concerns about the high price tag of this bill and the large pay increase for beginning teachers that is way out of balance with the pay of other state employees. The answer to the problems in education is not more money. We've got to be responsible financially and this bill, while taking the right step toward empowering parents, creates financial problems down the road that will lead to calls for higher taxes, which I will not support. We can improve education without raising taxes. We need to accomplish school choice through tax credits for families, not big programs that will necessitate future tax increases. The most important key in making education more successful is empowering and involving parents.
4. Marijuana: Legalizing recreational marijuana.
Steve Crowell (Republican)
Oppose
Mark Silvey (Republican)
Oppose
5. Guns: Banning firearms that are commonly known as "assault weapons."
Steve Crowell (Republican)
Oppose
Mark Silvey (Republican)
Oppose
6. Gender-Identity: Prohibiting minors from receiving puberty blockers, hormones, or surgery for the purpose of gender transition.
Steve Crowell (Republican)
Support
Mark Silvey (Republican)
Support
I oppose any notion that a person can transition their gender. We should protect children from any attempts to alter their God-given gender, which amounts to child abuse.
7. COVID-19: Allowing state government to close private businesses during a health emergency.
Steve Crowell (Republican)
Oppose
Mark Silvey (Republican)
Oppose
8. Nursing Homes: Letting nursing home residents voluntarily place cameras in their own rooms to enable their family members to see and hear them.
Steve Crowell (Republican)
Undecided
I need more information
Mark Silvey (Republican)
Support
9. Freedom of Information: Further amending the Freedom of Information Act to prevent disclosure of deliberative documents such as government memos and letters, as discussed in the special legislative session of 2023.
Steve Crowell (Republican)
Oppose
I do think we have to do something to prevent abuse in a vindictive manner, both at state and local level
Mark Silvey (Republican)
Oppose