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1. Abortion: The 1973 Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court abortion decision.
Joe Woodson (Democrat)
Oppose
Jane English (Republican)
Oppose
2. Marriage: The 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges U.S. Supreme Court same-sex marriage decision.
Joe Woodson (Democrat)
Oppose
Jane English (Republican)
Oppose
3. Marijuana: The 2016 proposed ballot measure sponsored by Arkansans for Compassionate Care to legalize medical marijuana.
Joe Woodson (Democrat)
Undecided
Jane English (Republican)
Oppose
4. Taxes: Increasing the motor fuel tax on gasoline and diesel to provide funds for state highway needs.
Joe Woodson (Democrat)
Support
Jane English (Republican)
Oppose
5. Guns: Allowing citizens who may legally own a handgun to visibly and openly carry an unconcealed handgun without a permit—also known as "open carry."
Joe Woodson (Democrat)
Undecided
I fully support a citizens right to exercise the 2nd Amendment. In my mind, Concealed Carry may be more appropriate because the permit process helps train the individual carrying a firearm (which helps the individual make better decisions) and concealed carry is less likely to make others feel threatened (which in turn reduces unnecessary calls to law enforcement and may reduce unnecessary conflict between individuals).
Jane English (Republican)
Support
6. Religious Liberty: Requiring business owners to engage in business activities that violate their religious beliefs.
Joe Woodson (Democrat)
Oppose
Jane English (Republican)
Oppose
7. Education: The Common Core State Standards being implemented in Arkansas' public schools.
Joe Woodson (Democrat)
Undecided
: We must continually strive to make our educational system meet the demands of the 21st century. If changes to our standards help meet those demands then I would support changes; however, change just for the sake of change could be unproductive and cause undue pressure on teachers, students and administrators.
Jane English (Republican)
Oppose
8. Term Limits: Reinstating the 1992 Arkansas Term Limits Amendment that generally prohibits members of the Arkansas Legislature from serving more than 6 years in the Arkansas House and 8 years in the Arkansas Senate.
Joe Woodson (Democrat)
Support
Jane English (Republican)
Support
9. Civil Liberties: Amending the Arkansas Civil Rights Act of 1993 to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protected classes.
Joe Woodson (Democrat)
Oppose
Jane English (Republican)
Oppose
10. Medicaid Expansion: Continuation of the Arkansas Private Option law passed in 2013 that increased the number of people receiving health insurance through Medicaid by using tax dollars to buy health insurance from private insurance companies under the Affordable Care Act.
Joe Woodson (Democrat)
Support
Jane English (Republican)
Oppose
11. Lottery: Requiring the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery to increase the percentage of proceeds allocated for scholarships to a minimum of 25%.
Joe Woodson (Democrat)
Undecided
We should use the lottery proceeds as efficiently as possible to fund scholarships. I am open to considering the best method to accomplish efficient use of proceeds.
Jane English (Republican)
Support