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1. Abortion: The 1973 Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court abortion decision.
Fonda Hawthorne (Democrat)
Undecided
DeAnn Vaught (Republican)
Oppose
I believe abortion is murder. If a mother's life is in danger or someone is raped that is the only time I can understand abortion. And even then, that is between them and the Lord.
2. Marriage: The 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges U.S. Supreme Court same-sex marriage decision.
Fonda Hawthorne (Democrat)
Oppose
DeAnn Vaught (Republican)
Oppose
3. Marijuana: The 2016 proposed ballot measure sponsored by Arkansans for Compassionate Care to legalize medical marijuana.
Fonda Hawthorne (Democrat)
Undecided
DeAnn Vaught (Republican)
Undecided
I am not for smoking medical marijuana but I have been studying about the oil that can be taken from the marijuana plant and I think we have lots of sick children and adults that could benefit from that.. But if this question is regarding nothing but the smoking of medical marijuana then I am not for that.
4. Taxes: Increasing the motor fuel tax on gasoline and diesel to provide funds for state highway needs.
Fonda Hawthorne (Democrat)
Support
DeAnn Vaught (Republican)
Oppose
If they could guarantee that the tax collected from my District would returned to my District or the taxes went to finish I49 then I could support a gas tax increase. But I can't support a tax increase without that guarantee.
5. Guns: Allowing citizens who may legally own a handgun to visibly and openly carry an unconcealed handgun without a permit—also known as "open carry."
Fonda Hawthorne (Democrat)
Support
DeAnn Vaught (Republican)
Support
I believe we already have a law in place that supports open carry.
6. Religious Liberty: Requiring business owners to engage in business activities that violate their religious beliefs.
Fonda Hawthorne (Democrat)
Oppose
DeAnn Vaught (Republican)
Oppose
7. Education: The Common Core State Standards being implemented in Arkansas' public schools.
Fonda Hawthorne (Democrat)
Oppose
DeAnn Vaught (Republican)
Oppose
8. Term Limits: Reinstating the 1992 Arkansas Term Limits Amendment that generally prohibits members of the Arkansas Legislature from serving more than 6 years in the Arkansas House and 8 years in the Arkansas Senate.
Fonda Hawthorne (Democrat)
Support
DeAnn Vaught (Republican)
Oppose
I want Terms Limits on the National level just like everyone else but I really don't see a big problem going from 14 years to 16 years for State Legislators. I just served my first term and hoping to serve my 2nd term and I am still learning. I am grateful for the men and women who will be serving their 4th term in the House. I believe, I still have a lot to learn from them.
9. Civil Liberties: Amending the Arkansas Civil Rights Act of 1993 to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protected classes.
Fonda Hawthorne (Democrat)
Undecided
DeAnn Vaught (Republican)
Oppose
10. Medicaid Expansion: Continuation of the Arkansas Private Option law passed in 2013 that increased the number of people receiving health insurance through Medicaid by using tax dollars to buy health insurance from private insurance companies under the Affordable Care Act.
Fonda Hawthorne (Democrat)
Support
DeAnn Vaught (Republican)
Support
Until we have a new President and/or Washington politicians repeal the Affordable Care Act then it is the law that we have right now. I don't really like it but it is good for my small hospitals until we have something better in place.
11. Lottery: Requiring the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery to increase the percentage of proceeds allocated for scholarships to a minimum of 25%.
Fonda Hawthorne (Democrat)
Support
DeAnn Vaught (Republican)
Support
The Arkansas Lottery Scholarship is to help our students offset some of the cost of high college tuitions. So, of course I am for helping our students in my District receive more money to help with the rising cost of furthering their education.