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State Senate 5

1. Abortion: The 1973 Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court abortion decision.
Jim Wallace (Democrat)
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Lee Evans (Libertarian)
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Bob Ballinger (Republican)
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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.
2. Marriage: The 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges U.S. Supreme Court same-sex marriage decision.
Jim Wallace (Democrat)
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Lee Evans (Libertarian)
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Bob Ballinger (Republican)
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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.
3. Marijuana: Prohibiting the smoking of medical marijuana.
Jim Wallace (Democrat)
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Lee Evans (Libertarian)
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Bob Ballinger (Republican)
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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.
4. Conscience: Allowing healthcare professionals to opt out of non-emergency treatments that violate their deeply-held religious, moral, or ethical convictions.
Jim Wallace (Democrat)
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Lee Evans (Libertarian)
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Bob Ballinger (Republican)
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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.
5. Assisted Suicide: Allowing doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to terminally-ill patients who wish to end their lives.
Jim Wallace (Democrat)
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Lee Evans (Libertarian)
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Bob Ballinger (Republican)
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Life is precious from birth to grave and, outside of capital punishment; only God has the right to decide when life should be terminated.
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.
Jim Wallace (Democrat)
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Lee Evans (Libertarian)
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Bob Ballinger (Republican)
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In 2017 I sponsored HB1986 which would have amended the offense of Indecent Exposure to provide some protection in these situations.
7. Education: Allowing parents to enroll their child in the public school of their choice anywhere in Arkansas.
Jim Wallace (Democrat)
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Lee Evans (Libertarian)
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Bob Ballinger (Republican)
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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.
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.
Jim Wallace (Democrat)
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Lee Evans (Libertarian)
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Bob Ballinger (Republican)
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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.
9. Civil Liberties: Amending the Arkansas Civil Rights Act of 1993 to add sexual orientation to the list of protected classes.
Jim Wallace (Democrat)
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Lee Evans (Libertarian)
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Bob Ballinger (Republican)
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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.
10. Lottery: Requiring the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery to increase the percentage of proceeds allocated for scholarships to a minimum of 25%.
Jim Wallace (Democrat)
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Lee Evans (Libertarian)
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Bob Ballinger (Republican)
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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.
11. How should Arkansas address our illegal immigrant population?
Jim Wallace (Democrat)
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Lee Evans (Libertarian)
By arresting those who choose to break the law and deporting them if they do so more than three times.
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.
12. How can Arkansas prevent mass shootings?
Jim Wallace (Democrat)
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Lee Evans (Libertarian)
By decreasing gun free zones. Gun laws stop good people with guns from stopping bad people with guns. At the same time, I am for stripping gun rights from people who have committed any violent crime with a gun and leaving the legal age to own a gun at 18.
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.
13. What specific legislation will you work to enact?
Jim Wallace (Democrat)
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Lee Evans (Libertarian)
Lower corporate taxes, zero income tax. A general increase in voluntary taxes from things like gambling and marijuana and a decrease in involuntary taxes from things like the income tax and the corporate tax. Hard working Arkansans have to pay way too much in taxes. Bringing legalized marijuana and legalized gambling to Arkansas will more than improve the general revenue of the State, and then some. I don't gamble myself, but, many do, and they shouldn't have to go across State lines to do so. Let Arkansas benefit from it.
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.