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State Senate 33

1. Abortion: The 1973 Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court abortion decision.
Melissa Fults (Democrat)
Support
Though no one wants to see abortions, it is a woman's right to choose because no one knows her particular situation. Also, abortions did not begin after R v Wade, just became safer. If R v. Wade is overturned, it will go back to when I was young and young women would be found dead because of attempts to self abort or by going to butchers in back alleys
Kim Hammer (Republican)
Oppose
2. Marriage: The 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges U.S. Supreme Court same-sex marriage decision.
Melissa Fults (Democrat)
Support
No one should be denied the right to legally
be joined with the person they choose to spend their life with
Kim Hammer (Republican)
Oppose
3. Marijuana: Prohibiting the smoking of medical marijuana.
Melissa Fults (Democrat)
Oppose
I fought for the last 7 years to give patients the legal right to use cannabis as a medicine. Prior to the late 1930s, cannabis was used since the beginning of time by doctors and healers. Especially for cancer patients or patients in extreme pain, smoking is the quickest in results.
Kim Hammer (Republican)
Undecided
4. Conscience: Allowing healthcare professionals to opt out of non-emergency treatments that violate their deeply-held religious, moral, or ethical convictions.
Melissa Fults (Democrat)
Oppose
Kim Hammer (Republican)
Support
5. Assisted Suicide: Allowing doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to terminally-ill patients who wish to end their lives.
Melissa Fults (Democrat)
Support
I watched my Mother suffer for weeks, begging for the pain to end before she died. As much as I loved her and miss her every day, if I could, I would have allowed her to be at peace and not suffer the way she did
Kim Hammer (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.
Melissa Fults (Democrat)
Oppose
If a person is different from the gender they were born to, they should not be forced to use that facility. Also, who is going to patrol? I would be EXTREMELY offended if someone asked to see my body to determine my sex. That would set up a WHOLE new area for sexual predators
Kim Hammer (Republican)
Support
7. Education: Allowing parents to enroll their child in the public school of their choice anywhere in Arkansas.
Melissa Fults (Democrat)
Oppose
If guidelines were designed to allow choice based on curriculum not available at a particular school or for a child with disabilities to have better access, I would approve. I would also approve if it would more ethnically balance a school.
Kim Hammer (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.
Melissa Fults (Democrat)
Oppose
I STRONGLY OPPOSE This amendment. If this bill passes, it will only promote the rich and leave those injured with nothing in the long run. Why would a company work to create a safe environment when they could spend less money knowing if there is an accident, they will only have a maximum to pay, putting profits above the welfare of employees or those around them
Kim Hammer (Republican)
Undecided
9. Civil Liberties: Amending the Arkansas Civil Rights Act of 1993 to add sexual orientation to the list of protected classes.
Melissa Fults (Democrat)
Support
I believe that LGBT community should be covered. They are attacked and discriminated against for choices they were born with and can not change.
Kim Hammer (Republican)
Oppose
10. Lottery: Requiring the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery to increase the percentage of proceeds allocated for scholarships to a minimum of 25%.
Melissa Fults (Democrat)
Support
The scholarship program is the reason the lottery exists. A minimum of at least 25% should be required.
Kim Hammer (Republican)
Support
11. How should Arkansas address our illegal immigrant population?
Melissa Fults (Democrat)
Because so many immigrants are here fleeing violence, there should be programs with clear paths to citizenship. As far as Arkansas goes, if businesses did not hire illegals, they would not be here. Fine those businesses. They are breaking the law as much or more than the immigrant. They hire them because they can pay them next to nothing, do anything they want because they know the immigrant will be too afraid to go to the authorities.
Kim Hammer (Republican)
This is a federal matter so the best thing we can do is assist our federal agencies as directed. In addition, communicate with our federal delegation that it is our expectation that the current laws on immigration be enforced by federal agents working in cooperation with local law enforcement. This would include giving full financial resources to enforcing agencies so that they can do their job. I am not opposed to sending our National Guard to the border to do our part as a state in securing our borders until a wall is built.
12. How can Arkansas prevent mass shootings?
Melissa Fults (Democrat)
Sadly, that is the million dollar question. I do NOT believe arming teachers is the answers. Their job is to EDUCATE. More police interaction in schools could be a start. Officers who have been highly trained in conflict resolution. Also, allow true experts, not an organization to have input.
Kim Hammer (Republican)
I do not believe this is the right question to be asking. I believe the better question is what we should do if and when a mass shooting occurs. It is not a question of if but when a mass shooting will occur.
i. Continue to defend our legal citizen’s right to own a gun under the 2nd amendment.
ii. Equip and train citizens who would be willing to stand as the first line of defense in their school, place of employment, or other places of public gathering. This would include allowing them to carry.
iii. Create greater protection from civil and legal action if a legally armed citizen defends him or herself from a person who is seeking to harm others.
iv. Bring back gun safety classes in school to teach kids the proper use and historical background of guns.
v. Reduce barriers for a quick and speedy process to exercise capital punishment on those who commit crimes of violence.
13. What specific legislation will you work to enact?
Melissa Fults (Democrat)
Funding for improvements to education. Programs to help better educate and prepare low income workers for better jobs, thus creating less welfare, poverty and childhood hunger. The generational poverty cycle can only be broken by education and job skills. In the long run, it can save the state money, reduce crime and create a better society. The example of give a man a fish, he eats for the day. TEACH a man to fish, he eats the rest of his life.
After school programs for at risk children.
Arkansas is in the top 5 or #1 nationally in poverty, childhood hunger, teen pregnancy, opioid deaths, incarceration, senior hunger, obesity, asthma, at risk children grades 9-12, just to name a few. We are in the bottom nationally in education, healthcare, pay, opportunities for women, and many other issues. These statistics are unacceptable, and we MUST work to make necessary changes.
Kim Hammer (Republican)
Two primary areas are:
I. Strengthen our financial condition by improving our bond rating.
II. Open up opportunities to access to health care.
Others to be announced but are under development.