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State House 44

1. Abortion: The 1973 Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court abortion decision.
Rodney Govens (Democrat)
Support
I support the SCOTUS decision on Roe v Wade. A woman's right to partner with her physician and make a difficult decision should not be impeded by the government.
Cameron Cooper (Republican)
Oppose
2. Guns: Confiscation of firearms from citizens that the government deem a danger to themselves or others, otherwise known as red flag laws.
Rodney Govens (Democrat)
Support
I support the efforts to police individuals with mental illness, however, I do not agree with the stance that all PTSD diagnosed individuals should not own weapons. We need to further discuss and analyze that issue.
Cameron Cooper (Republican)
Oppose
3. Marijuana: Amending the Arkansas Constitution to legalize recreational marijuana.
Rodney Govens (Democrat)
Support
I support the legalization of marijuana for recreational use and I'd like to see it monetized for benefit of all Arkansans.
Cameron Cooper (Republican)
Oppose
4. Taxes: Amending the Arkansas Constitution in 2020 to indefinitely continue the current 0.5% sales and use tax for road construction.
Rodney Govens (Democrat)
Oppose
I do not believe additional taxes should be adopted for items that should already be covered. We pay enough in taxes and there should be enough allocated for our roadways and regular maintenance. The roadway construction appears to be a never ending issue and we need to solidify the budgeting at the state level so our constituents are left holding the bag at the end of the day.
Cameron Cooper (Republican)
Oppose
5. Hate Crimes: Increased penalties for crimes committed because of the victim’s race, gender, or sexual orientation.
Rodney Govens (Democrat)
Support
Hate crimes are on the rise throughout the country and can't be tolerated.
Cameron Cooper (Republican)
Oppose
6. Conscience: Allowing healthcare professionals to opt out of non-emergency treatments and procedures that violate their deeply-held religious, moral, or ethical convictions.
Rodney Govens (Democrat)
Oppose
As a medical professional, you have to be able to set aside your beliefs for the betterment of your patient. There can be no wavering when it comes to people's medical treatment. I could not imagine a world where doctors would turn away an individual needing a knee replacement surgery because of their orientation or religious status.
Cameron Cooper (Republican)
Support
7. Education: Allowing parents to enroll their child in the public school of their choice anywhere in Arkansas.
Rodney Govens (Democrat)
Oppose
We have school choice. It's called private school. Instead of stacking the deck against the public school system, we need to revamp it and ensure our teachers have everything needed to be successful, including higher pay and better resources.
Cameron Cooper (Republican)
Support