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1. Abortion: The 1973 Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court abortion decision.
Jess Mallett (Democrat)
Support
No woman should have to make this choice. The solution is to eliminate unwanted pregnancies through free long term birth control and effective sex education. Colorado implemented this and saw an 86% drop in their abortion rate. This is an evidence based solution that works.
James Sorvillo (Republican)
Oppose
2. Marriage: The 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges U.S. Supreme Court same-sex marriage decision.
Jess Mallett (Democrat)
Support
James Sorvillo (Republican)
Oppose
3. Marijuana: Prohibiting the smoking of medical marijuana.
Jess Mallett (Democrat)
Oppose
Tobacco, alcohol, and opioids kill exponentially more people than marijuana. Medical marijuana has been proven safer and more effective to treat and relieve certain medical conditions. I see no reason to deny patients treatment.
James Sorvillo (Republican)
Undecided
Approved by voters in 2016
4. Conscience: Allowing healthcare professionals to opt out of non-emergency treatments that violate their deeply-held religious, moral, or ethical convictions.
Jess Mallett (Democrat)
Undecided
This is a vague question. I'm not sure which healthcare professionals it is referring to or what procedures and whether the procedures are required to be performed by the employer.
James Sorvillo (Republican)
Support
5. Assisted Suicide: Allowing doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to terminally-ill patients who wish to end their lives.
Jess Mallett (Democrat)
Undecided
James Sorvillo (Republican)
Undecided
Support experimental drugs for terminally ill patients
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.
Jess Mallett (Democrat)
Oppose
This is creating a problem where there is not one. Our state has so many more pressing problems than worrying about where a person uses the bathroom.
James Sorvillo (Republican)
Support
7. Education: Allowing parents to enroll their child in the public school of their choice anywhere in Arkansas.
Jess Mallett (Democrat)
Undecided
In theory this is a good idea but it won't work in reality because the most "desirable" schools would not be able to support all the students who try to enroll. We need to work on improving all the schools in the state by empowering teachers and giving them the tools they need.
James Sorvillo (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.
Jess Mallett (Democrat)
Oppose
This is a disastrous proposed amendment that would place an arbitrary value on human life and suffering in the Arkansas Constitution.
James Sorvillo (Republican)
Undecided
Voters to determine
9. Civil Liberties: Amending the Arkansas Civil Rights Act of 1993 to add sexual orientation to the list of protected classes.
Jess Mallett (Democrat)
Support
James Sorvillo (Republican)
Support
10. Lottery: Requiring the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery to increase the percentage of proceeds allocated for scholarships to a minimum of 25%.
Jess Mallett (Democrat)
Support
James Sorvillo (Republican)
Support
11. How should Arkansas address our illegal immigrant population?
Jess Mallett (Democrat)
This is not an area I have studied enough to provide a thoughtful answer.
James Sorvillo (Republican)
Legal citizenship
12. How can Arkansas prevent mass shootings?
Jess Mallett (Democrat)
Arkansas can ban the sale and possession of assault rifles in our state. Australia banned them in the mid 90s and there has not been a mass shooting in their country since. There are evidence based solutions to this problem but current politicians are too scared of the NRA to enact them.
James Sorvillo (Republican)
Security in schools, education in schools, background checks
13. What specific legislation will you work to enact?
Jess Mallett (Democrat)
I want to enact legislation that gives public school teachers raises. I also want to work on a comprehensive overhaul of our public education system. I would like to work with actual educators to institute a teacher advisory board/counsel in charge of our public schools. The biggest problem with our current system is that, for the most part, the people in charge of our schools have never been a public school educator. If teachers are given the tools they need and the state gets out of their way, they will be able to teach our children and improve schools all across the state. And while a college education is vital to a lot of career paths, it is not the only one. I want to work on policies that support technical training and schools to give students alternatives to the traditional college route. I believe all this will help improve the economy, job market, and overall quality of life for all Arkansans.
James Sorvillo (Republican)
Special needs, disability, voc-tech education, stopping animal abuse