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1. Abortion: The 1973 Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court abortion decision.
Darlene Byrd (Republican)
Oppose
Life is a precious. Life is a gift from God. Life begins at conception.
Brian Evans (Republican)
Oppose
2. Marriage: The 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges U.S. Supreme Court same-sex marriage decision.
Darlene Byrd (Republican)
Oppose
I believe in traditional marriage. Marriage is ordained by God and is defined in scriptures as being between one man and one woman
Brian Evans (Republican)
Oppose
3. Marijuana: Prohibiting the smoking of medical marijuana.
Darlene Byrd (Republican)
Support
If the active ingredient of marijuana has health benefits and there is some evidence that it may, there are more appropriate ways in which to administer it than smoking.
Brian Evans (Republican)
Support
4. Conscience: Allowing healthcare professionals to opt out of non-emergency treatments that violate their deeply-held religious, moral, or ethical convictions.
Darlene Byrd (Republican)
Support
I do not believe any healthcare provider should compromise his or her beliefs and conviction in providing care for their patients.
Brian Evans (Republican)
Oppose
5. Assisted Suicide: Allowing doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to terminally-ill patients who wish to end their lives.
Darlene Byrd (Republican)
Undecided
As a Christian I know our time here on earth is written on God's timeline, we never know when He will call us home. As an APRN, I also believe that people should be able to die with dignity. There is a fine line between allowing people to die with dignity and giving them the lethal drugs to end their lives. I would read the language very carefully and pray for Gods guidance on any bill on this topic.
Brian Evans (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.
Darlene Byrd (Republican)
Support
Brian Evans (Republican)
Support
7. Education: Allowing parents to enroll their child in the public school of their choice anywhere in Arkansas.
Darlene Byrd (Republican)
Undecided
To allow a child to be enrolled anywhere in Arkansas is a pretty broad statement. I do support school choice. I would have to read and study the language of any bill on this topic. I would be concern about unintended consequences
Brian Evans (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.
Darlene Byrd (Republican)
Undecided
Brian Evans (Republican)
Support
9. Civil Liberties: Amending the Arkansas Civil Rights Act of 1993 to add sexual orientation to the list of protected classes.
Darlene Byrd (Republican)
Oppose
This would be a dangerous slippery slope. To give someone a "protective class" status, you have to be able to identify them. I have worked with people for years and never know they were gay.
Brian Evans (Republican)
Oppose
10. Lottery: Requiring the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery to increase the percentage of proceeds allocated for scholarships to a minimum of 25%.
Darlene Byrd (Republican)
Support
Brian Evans (Republican)
Support
11. How should Arkansas address our illegal immigrant population?
Darlene Byrd (Republican)
First, we need to start with enforcing the federal immigration laws.
Brian Evans (Republican)
Although immigration tends to be a federal issue, I could certainly support measures in Arkansas to keep illegal immigrants from receiving state aid and state benefits.
12. How can Arkansas prevent mass shootings?
Darlene Byrd (Republican)
There's not a one size fits all answer to this question. The question specifies "mass shootings." However, if someone is intent on killing they will use what is at their disposal. We have seen mass killings from using fertilizer. Something we consider very harmless. I don't have a good answer to this question because there is not a good answer. I know the common thread in the most recent shootings is some form of mental illness or constant bullying. Trying to understand what causes someone to commit a mass shooting or killing is the beginning of preventing the problem. I will continue to read and educate myself on this topic because I feel like it will be addressed in the 2019 legislative session
Brian Evans (Republican)
I believe that federal agencies need to do a better job of cross checking gun registration with mental health registration. As a member of a local public school board, I am committed to child safety. We also need more from faith based outreach for those that need assistance and therapy services.
13. What specific legislation will you work to enact?
Darlene Byrd (Republican)
Being a health care provider, I would work on legislation affecting access to health care. Giving someone an insurance card does not mean they will have access to healthcare. Arkansans need direct access to the healthcare provider of their choice; be they a physician, an advanced practice registered nurse, a physician assistant, or a pharmacist. The barriers to this direct access need to be removed. I believe it will increase the health of Arkansans and decreased the cost of healthcare. I have been asked to look at access to large animal veterinary care. I will continue to educate myself on this issue and consider any possible solution to address the problem. It is important to have adequate radio communication for our first responder and law enforcement officers. This is a problem in my county and I will continue to work to find a solution.
Brian Evans (Republican)
We must focus through coming legislation on job creation and skilled training for economic development. We have to improve highway and infrastructure funding. We need to make healthcare affordable again and stand up for the benefits and services that our Veterans deserve. A concentrated commitment between party lines has to be dedicated to protecting life and traditional family values.