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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?
Immigration policy in Arkansas and nationally must be based on Arkansas and America’s economic self-interest. We must secure our borders first and support the Presidents border wall. Arkansas must follow the Secure Communities Program. ICE requests for detainers must be honored by all States, not just Arkansas. We must end “Sanctuary cities” and the unconstitutional DACA program. We need mandatory and universal E-Verify to shut off the magnet that draws workers here and depresses US wages.
12. How can Arkansas prevent mass shootings?
Communities in Arkansas and nationally, need to work with local law enforcement and mental health professionals to create a threat assessment team that collaborates on cases in which individuals are thought to be struggling and potentially at risk of violence. The best thing we could do to prevent mass murder is to get in touch with people who are in trouble. There is no law that you could pass that would protect Americans from mass shootings. Some helpful laws: increase background checks and stop using them as de facto registration.
13. What specific legislation will you work to enact?
I believe that the state should do much more in the intermediary role between the businesses in the state and the federal government. The environment of multiple, oppressive, and unreasonable regulatory agencies create unnecessary bureaucracy in a business’s creative purposes. The punitive nature and attitudes of these agencies often proves to be the breaking point in the will of businesses to do what they otherwise do–expand and add jobs. I would propose legislation similar to the Presidents two-for-one rule: requiring each State Agency to retire two regulations for every new one.