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State House 15

1. Abortion: The 1973 Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court abortion decision.
Wayne Willems (Libertarian)
Support
I do not support abortion and feel this is better dealt with at the State level, within our own communities. Opening the Pandora's box to the federal government allowing it to legislate morality is not a good idea in a free society.
Ken Bragg (Republican)
Oppose
2. Marriage: The 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges U.S. Supreme Court same-sex marriage decision.
Wayne Willems (Libertarian)
Support
My own personal belief is that marriage is between a Man & Woman. This is also something I have shared with my own family. Others, in society, may or may not share my beliefs. But, I do not agree with forcing anyone to accept my beliefs in this matter. The government should not have a position on who marries in our Constitutional Republic, the Constitution does not authorize such an action.
Ken Bragg (Republican)
Oppose
3. Marijuana: Prohibiting the smoking of medical marijuana.
Wayne Willems (Libertarian)
Oppose
I support anyone that domiciles in the territory of Arkansas to have the opportunity to medicate their illness or chronic condition with medical marijuana. I also support an Amendment to the Arkansas Constitution ending any and all prohibition against Marijuana.
Ken Bragg (Republican)
Support
4. Conscience: Allowing healthcare professionals to opt out of non-emergency treatments that violate their deeply-held religious, moral, or ethical convictions.
Wayne Willems (Libertarian)
Undecided
Ultimately, the government should never legislate this position or be involved in the medical industry. This should be an individual's decision whether to proceed or not.
Ken Bragg (Republican)
Support
5. Assisted Suicide: Allowing doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to terminally-ill patients who wish to end their lives.
Wayne Willems (Libertarian)
Undecided
If this is the terminally-ill patients wish and the doctor feels morally sound about the decision to proceed and the decision is not forced by legislation to compel the doctor to act. I feel this circumstance should be left to the discretion and conscience of both parties to decide what is the best course of action.
Ken Bragg (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.
Wayne Willems (Libertarian)
Undecided
Government funded properties should make accommodations that are in harmony with the public. All associated government properties belong to the people first and foremost. If the government is unable to comply, then all government funded properties should be shutdown and sold.
Ken Bragg (Republican)
Support
7. Education: Allowing parents to enroll their child in the public school of their choice anywhere in Arkansas.
Wayne Willems (Libertarian)
Support
I suppose this choice and also support privatizing all schools as a free market solution for creating a competitive educational foundation. Colleges compete with one another for students and schools should have the same opportunity as well, to create better standards for private education.
Ken Bragg (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.
Wayne Willems (Libertarian)
Oppose
I do not support limiting noneconomic damages on the foundation that every circumstance is different, as is every court case, or who committed negligence or misconduct or how a party was injured or death occurred. There are too many variables to have a one-size fits all settlement.
Ken Bragg (Republican)
Support
9. Civil Liberties: Amending the Arkansas Civil Rights Act of 1993 to add sexual orientation to the list of protected classes.
Wayne Willems (Libertarian)
Undecided
My own research finds, Arkansas State judges normally refer to federal law for guidance in civil rights cases. The process used by the Arkansas Supreme Court to interpret the Arkansas Civil Rights Act of 1993 is consistent with that of the United States Constitution.
Ken Bragg (Republican)
Oppose
10. Lottery: Requiring the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery to increase the percentage of proceeds allocated for scholarships to a minimum of 25%.
Wayne Willems (Libertarian)
Support
I support an increase up to 25%.
Ken Bragg (Republican)
Support
11. How should Arkansas address our illegal immigrant population?
Wayne Willems (Libertarian)
America has a population of 304 Million people and 27,000 illegal immigrant populate our state. I believe the State legislators and Governor should work with the federal government to create a clear path for legal immigration for these people, if they seek it.
Ken Bragg (Republican)
Enforce existing laws. Stricter security at the border. Allow local law enforcement authority to work with ICE.
12. How can Arkansas prevent mass shootings?
Wayne Willems (Libertarian)
I believe a simple solution would be to repeal all gun laws and gun free zones.
Ken Bragg (Republican)
More emphasis on mental health diagnoses and treatment. There is no need for any stricter gun control measures. This is a mental health and criminal problem, not a gun control problem. Also, have trained, armed personnel in schools in addition to school resource officers.
13. What specific legislation will you work to enact?
Wayne Willems (Libertarian)
If elected, I would like to spend most of my time working to repeal bad legislation and statute law that has hindered our society from being free and prosperous.
Ken Bragg (Republican)
I will be working on legislation that will promote job creation, primarily with workforce development and expanding school choice options.