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1. Abortion: The 1973 Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court abortion decision.
Garry Baker (Libertarian)
Oppose
Government has no place in the decision of abortion that is between the Woman and Man and their Doctor. It is a moral decision to be decided by the individuals not a legal one for strangers to decide.
Joe Farrer (Republican)
Oppose
2. Marriage: The 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges U.S. Supreme Court same-sex marriage decision.
Garry Baker (Libertarian)
Oppose
Government should not be in the business of marriage. Any individual that chooses to share their life and property with another has that right.
Joe Farrer (Republican)
Oppose
3. Marijuana: The 2016 proposed ballot measure sponsored by Arkansans for Compassionate Care to legalize medical marijuana.
Garry Baker (Libertarian)
Oppose
All drugs should be decriminalized. You cannot legislate morality. Drug use is not a crime. If a true crime with a victim is committed in the pursuit of drugs or while on the influence of drugs that criminal should be held accountable to make the victim whole against their loss.
Joe Farrer (Republican)
Oppose
4. Taxes: Increasing the motor fuel tax on gasoline and diesel to provide funds for state highway needs.
Garry Baker (Libertarian)
Oppose
No tax increase for state highway needs. Cut the spending by cutting wasteful road projects and focus on doing more with less.
Joe Farrer (Republican)
Oppose
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."
Garry Baker (Libertarian)
Support
Joe Farrer (Republican)
Support
6. Religious Liberty: Requiring business owners to engage in business activities that violate their religious beliefs.
Garry Baker (Libertarian)
Oppose
No individual has the right to make another individual do work against their will.
Joe Farrer (Republican)
Oppose
7. Education: The Common Core State Standards being implemented in Arkansas' public schools.
Garry Baker (Libertarian)
Oppose
Education standards should be held to the parents standards for the level of education needed for their individual child's needs and interests.
Joe Farrer (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.
Garry Baker (Libertarian)
Support
Joe Farrer (Republican)
Undecided
I'm for term limits. I'd like to see possibly 8 in the House and 10 in the Senate. The first Senate term being a2 yr term.
9. Civil Liberties: Amending the Arkansas Civil Rights Act of 1993 to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protected classes.
Garry Baker (Libertarian)
Oppose
I support the rights of each and every individual. Their are no protected classes just the rights of the smallest minority the individual.
Joe Farrer (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.
Garry Baker (Libertarian)
Oppose
Government needs to get out of Health Care and Health Insurance. Open the process up to the free market for real uninhibited competition. The governments only role is to protect individuals from fraud and breech of contract.
Joe Farrer (Republican)
Undecided
In 2013 Arkansas expanded Medicaid using the PO. in 2016 Arkansas could not afford to stop the PO.
11. Lottery: Requiring the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery to increase the percentage of proceeds allocated for scholarships to a minimum of 25%.
Garry Baker (Libertarian)
Oppose
Lottery scholarships should be able to pay 100% if the students prove they are worth the investment by being in top percentile of class. Also should be used for vocational scholarships as well.
Joe Farrer (Republican)
Undecided