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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?
Being a legal immigrant myself, it seems convoluted to have our country pressured for "rights" by individuals that broke our laws to get into the country. It is obvious that logistically it is impossible to deport all illegal immigrants to the country of origin. Our priority needs to be the prevention of any additional influx of illegal immigrants, than focus on a viable solution to integrate currently law-abiding immigrants that entered illegally.
While immigration is more of a Federal issue, I would support measures to make sure illegal immigrants did not receive state benefits.
12. How can Arkansas prevent mass shootings?
Just like any tragedy there is never a simple one answer solution to address all occurrences. The cause of these shootings range from inadequate implementation of laws already in place , ineffective or no security system in place, overlooked or ignored behavioral issues, lack of appropriate supervision, acceptance of threatening behavior, current social environment? Does it go back to family and parenting? All and every issue needs to be reviewed and addressed - than the questions lends itself - can we ever really prevent something like this or just minimize the possibility? As often said, laws are great, but only the law abiding follows them. "In Gun Free Zones" only law abiding citizens follow the rule.
Arkansas has some good beginnings with the Panic Button in the schools. We must continue to make sure funding is in place for this program. We also need to work on making sure every school has an adequate number of resource officers in place. Providing faith based counseling and outreach for students is another option that I would support.
13. What specific legislation will you work to enact?
The PD & FD retirement program needs to be a secure program whereby these individuals do not have to worry, year-to-year if it will still remain in place. These individuals are our leading force, our tip of the spear, responding to any and all emergencies, dangerous encounters and tragedies that occurs in our communities. They deserve to be supported and protected as well. In addition, there is an inequity with the way Social Security from a part time job is applied to these same individuals.
There is a need for grandparents to have rights. Now days with the Opioid crisis and drug addictions, we are seeing more and more grandparents that have to step up and take over the responsibilities of raising their grandchildren. Many times the children are used for leverage from the parent to get money by threatening to take the grandchildren away from the home of the grandparents. This has become a widespread epidemic in Arkansas. Addressing the Opioid Crisis and also addressing grandparent rights in conjunction with protecting parental rights is one of my main focus for legislators.