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1. Abortion: The 1973 Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court abortion decision.
Cameron Cooper (Republican)
Oppose
I am Pro-Life.
2. Marriage: The 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges U.S. Supreme Court same-sex marriage decision.
Cameron Cooper (Republican)
Oppose
3. Marijuana: Prohibiting the smoking of medical marijuana.
Cameron Cooper (Republican)
Support
4. Conscience: Allowing healthcare professionals to opt out of non-emergency treatments that violate their deeply-held religious, moral, or ethical convictions.
Cameron Cooper (Republican)
Support
5. Assisted Suicide: Allowing doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to terminally-ill patients who wish to end their lives.
Cameron Cooper (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.
Cameron Cooper (Republican)
Support
7. Education: Allowing parents to enroll their child in the public school of their choice anywhere in Arkansas.
Cameron Cooper (Republican)
Support
Parents should be free to seek the best educational opportunities for their children and the best fit for their specific family situation.
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.
Cameron Cooper (Republican)
Undecided
I can understand both sides of this issue. There are good points made and questions raised. Considerations include the placing of value on human life, the filing of excessive lawsuits that can bankrupt small companies, the limiting of a citizen's ability to recover damages for major life altering injuries, and the separation of powers between the legislative and judicial branches. The good People of the state of Arkansas will consider these things and make the decision on whether or not this version of tort reform is right for them.
9. Civil Liberties: Amending the Arkansas Civil Rights Act of 1993 to add sexual orientation to the list of protected classes.
Cameron Cooper (Republican)
Undecided
The Arkansas Civil Rights Act covers nondiscrimination in the areas of employment, accommodations, property transactions, and credit and contractual transactions, as well as the right to vote and participate fully in the political process. While I do support traditional marriage between one man and one woman, I also feel that no citizen of the State of Arkansas should be discriminated against in the areas covered by the Arkansas Civil Rights Act.
10. Lottery: Requiring the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery to increase the percentage of proceeds allocated for scholarships to a minimum of 25%.
Cameron Cooper (Republican)
Support
11. How should Arkansas address our illegal immigrant population?
Cameron Cooper (Republican)
We hope that all who desire to live in our nation would go through the correct process, but there are those who choose to not follow the law. The Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution preempts state laws that are contrary to federal law. Immigration is regulated at the federal level and we should follow and enforce the existing immigration laws of the U.S. Some steps states can take to protect legal citizens: In Arkansas, illegal immigrants shouldn’t be given the ability to receive Arkansas Driver’s Licenses, and voter registration and ID laws should be followed to ensure that only legal citizens are voting in our elections. We should follow federal law in regard to public benefits, which prohibits illegal immigrants from receiving these benefits, but still allows for them to receive emergency care. Let’s require those who wish to live here to follow the proper legal process to citizenship.
12. How can Arkansas prevent mass shootings?
Cameron Cooper (Republican)
Loving, educating, and supporting our children starts with parents in the home. In instances where that support is lacking in the home, then it may be helpful to encourage other family, church members, teachers and mentors to provide support and encouragement to struggling children. We need to continue bringing awareness to the problem of child bullying and continue seeking metal health assistance for those who are in need. We can enhance security for our children in public schools with increased funding for the Cops in School programs, and provide increased assistance and resources for troubled youth and those struggling with mental and emotional issues. We already have an existing framework of state and federal firearms laws and background checks that need to be correctly followed and enforced, as opposed to seeking more restrictions on our constitutional rights.
13. What specific legislation will you work to enact?
Cameron Cooper (Republican)
I hope and look forward to working on conservative and common sense legislation in the following areas: protecting private property rights, protecting the ability of families to raise and educate their children with a minimum of governmental intrusiveness, and protecting our children from the dangers of drugs and human trafficking. I would like to see the sales tax on groceries completely eliminated. I will be an advocate for families, farmers, small business owners, fire departments, rural communities, and our county and city units of government. I will support legislation that is pro-life, pro-freedom of speech, pro-religious liberty, and pro-2nd amendment. I will also support legislation that reduces the tax burden on the citizens of Arkansas.