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1. Abortion: The 1973 Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court abortion decision.
2. Marriage: The 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges U.S. Supreme Court same-sex marriage decision.
3. Marijuana: Prohibiting the smoking of medical marijuana.
4. Conscience: Allowing healthcare professionals to opt out of non-emergency treatments that violate their deeply-held religious, moral, or ethical convictions.
5. Assisted Suicide: Allowing doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to terminally-ill patients who wish to end their lives.
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.
7. Education: Allowing parents to enroll their child in the public school of their choice anywhere in Arkansas.
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.
9. Civil Liberties: Amending the Arkansas Civil Rights Act of 1993 to add sexual orientation to the list of protected classes.
10. Lottery: Requiring the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery to increase the percentage of proceeds allocated for scholarships to a minimum of 25%.
11. How should Arkansas address our illegal immigrant population?
While I have compassion for those who want to come to America, we are a nation of laws and it is not wise for Americans, or others outside of America who want to be part of this great country, to decide which laws they are going to obey. This is a federal issue but I would support creating a "Task Force on Illegal Immigration" to address this issue from a state perspective. A country with open borders, will not long remain a country!
12. How can Arkansas prevent mass shootings?
By recognizing and acting on the warning signs that are known to school authorities, law enforcement, families and friends. We also need to have armed, responsible adults such as law enforcement officers, retired veterans, or teachers who would volunteer, on the grounds and in the schools. I would suggest a redesign of the schools in the future with safety from an active shooter in mind, but for now, work on limiting the entrances to the school and monitor the buildings better.
13. What specific legislation will you work to enact?
As the lead sponsor in the legislative sessions of 2015 and 2017 on Telemedicine, I will continue to update and expand Telemedicine so that the people of Arkansas can have access to quality healthcare without concern as to whether they live in the urban or rural parts of the state.