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State Senate 5

1. Abortion: The 1973 Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court abortion decision.
Bob Ballinger (Republican)
Oppose
Through Roe v. Wade the Supreme Court legalized murder in every state where abortion had been outlawed. It is time we push to see it overturned.
Bryan King (Republican)
Oppose
2. Marriage: The 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges U.S. Supreme Court same-sex marriage decision.
Bob Ballinger (Republican)
Oppose
Obergefell was perhaps as clear of an example of judicial activism as any we have seen in recent years. The majority of the Court simply replaced the people’s opinion about what marriage is with its own. Nothing in the Constitution supplies an answer to the question What Is Marriage? And none of the purported rationales can justify the Court redefining marriage everywhere.
Bryan King (Republican)
Oppose
3. Marijuana: Prohibiting the smoking of medical marijuana.
Bob Ballinger (Republican)
Support
In 2017 I Cosponsored HB1400 that would have restricted the Smoking of Medical Marijuana. I took a stand on this controversial issue when many others did not.
Bryan King (Republican)
Undecided
4. Conscience: Allowing healthcare professionals to opt out of non-emergency treatments that violate their deeply-held religious, moral, or ethical convictions.
Bob Ballinger (Republican)
Support
Freedom of conscience is a “vital human right” and should be protected as vigorously as possible. That is why I took a stand and fought the fight to get a Religious Freedom Restoration Act here in Arkansas. It took many years to get there, but in 2015 the legislature finely delivered on the Religious Freedom bill I sponsored.
Bryan King (Republican)
Support
5. Assisted Suicide: Allowing doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to terminally-ill patients who wish to end their lives.
Bob Ballinger (Republican)
Oppose
Life is precious from birth to grave and, outside of capital punishment; only God has the right to decide when life should be terminated.
Bryan King (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.
Bob Ballinger (Republican)
Support
In 2017 I sponsored HB1986 which would have amended the offense of Indecent Exposure to provide some protection in these situations.
Bryan King (Republican)
Support
7. Education: Allowing parents to enroll their child in the public school of their choice anywhere in Arkansas.
Bob Ballinger (Republican)
Support
As a former public school teacher, and a current home school dad, I understand the value of our public schools and of the need to provide as many options as possible for parents and students.
Bryan King (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.
Bob Ballinger (Republican)
Support
Arkansas has one of least number of doctors per population in the country. The health of our citizens are directly impaired when they do not have access to healthcare in their area. One of the driving factors is frivolous lawsuits and disproportionally large judgments in our state. That benefits the legal profession, but hurts our families. We need more doctors, more hospitals, and better access to healthcare to protect our families.
Bryan King (Republican)
Oppose
9. Civil Liberties: Amending the Arkansas Civil Rights Act of 1993 to add sexual orientation to the list of protected classes.
Bob Ballinger (Republican)
Oppose
That would greatly impair legitimate civil liberties like freedom of religion and put at risk individuals who operate their businesses in accordance with their faith.
Bryan King (Republican)
Oppose
10. Lottery: Requiring the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery to increase the percentage of proceeds allocated for scholarships to a minimum of 25%.
Bob Ballinger (Republican)
Support
It was a mistake for the state to ever embrace a vice as a fundraising tool by adopting the lottery system, but if we are going to have it, we should spend much less on marketing and more on the students.
Bryan King (Republican)
Support
11. How should Arkansas address our illegal immigrant population?
Bob Ballinger (Republican)
We should be sure that we are not exasperating the problem by providing benefits to people in our state illegally, and we should penalize any institution or municipality that is contributing to the problem by promoting illegal immigration by knowingly harboring them.
Bryan King (Republican)
Federal law must be enforced. The state must make sure all government benefits go to those that qualify.
12. How can Arkansas prevent mass shootings?
Bob Ballinger (Republican)
We probably cannot “prevent” mass shootings, but we can limit them by eliminating gun free zones which are soft targets for evil men. That is why I helped to craft HB1249 in 2017 which allows concealed carry permit holders to receive an enhanced endorsement to carry firearms on public college and university campuses, and many other locations in Arkansas that were previously gun free zones.
Bryan King (Republican)
Give schools and the people more of their second amendment rights to protect their lives and property. Also reduce legal requirements and training to keep their rights.
13. What specific legislation will you work to enact?
Bob Ballinger (Republican)
I will be working diligently on the implementing of Issue One of 2018 to try to strike a fair balance of real tort reform in Arkansas. A balance that protects our rural hospitals, small businesses, families, and all citizens from frivolous law suits that could destroy them, while at the same time preserving a robust system of justice. This task will not be easy, but with the help of many incredible people, I believe that that balance can be struck.
Bryan King (Republican)