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1. Abortion: The 1973 Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court abortion decision.
Drew Tanner (Libertarian)
Oppose
The government has an obligation to protect the right of life for all persons. I am pro-life, and oppose abortion, but I also oppose criminalizing women who in many cases are victims themselves. We as a society have failed our women to the point that a million of them every year feel abortion is their best option. Pragmatically, I believe the solution to end abortion is not from government criminalizing women for getting abortions, but for society to eliminate the circumstances that commonly lead to them and to provide better, affordable, more accessible alternatives.
Les Eaves (Republican)
Oppose
2. Marriage: The 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges U.S. Supreme Court same-sex marriage decision.
Drew Tanner (Libertarian)
Oppose
Marriage is none of the government's business. People should not have to pay a fee and seek the government's permission to get married. This decision only strengthens the government's controlling grip on our lives by validating the use of unconstitutional licensing. My personal and religious beliefs on gay marriage are irrelevant, because it's none of my business what other consenting people do in each other's company, nor is it the government's business.
Les Eaves (Republican)
Oppose
3. Marijuana: Prohibiting the smoking of medical marijuana.
Drew Tanner (Libertarian)
Oppose
The government should not be denying patients the right to have access to medicine that can help treat their illnesses, nor deny doctors the right to treat their patients with that medicine. That should be a decision made by doctors and their patients, not by the government. Patients deserve easy, affordable access to the medicine they need, and government intervention only increases that cost and limits that access. The market and infrastructure for marijuana already exist worldwide. Get government out of the way.
Les Eaves (Republican)
Support
I do not believe that smoking is a safe delivery mechanism for any medicine and as such it conflicts with medical best practices.
I opposed the medical marijuana ballot initiative in 2016.
4. Conscience: Allowing healthcare professionals to opt out of non-emergency treatments that violate their deeply-held religious, moral, or ethical convictions.
Drew Tanner (Libertarian)
Support
The treatment should be consensual from both parties, especially in a non-emergency. The rights of patients and healthcare professionals both should be protected.
Les Eaves (Republican)
Support
For non-emergency treatments medical professionals may currently opt out when there is a conflict with religious, moral, or ethical convictions. As such, a law regarding this may not be necessary, but I want to reinforce my belief that a provider should have the option. Should legislation be brought on this topic specifics are important as they relate to access to care, type of treatment, and beyond.
5. Assisted Suicide: Allowing doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to terminally-ill patients who wish to end their lives.
Drew Tanner (Libertarian)
Support
A person's right to life is their own. The government does have an obligation to protect the right to life, but if that person wishes to end their own life, that is their choice to make. I would hope and pray that all other measures were exhausted first, and the matter was discussed with any family. But ultimately if the patient wishes to end their own life, and the doctor consents to it as well, that should be a decision that they make, not one the government does.
Les Eaves (Republican)
Oppose
I believe life is precious and as such should be treated with dignity and respect.
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.
Drew Tanner (Libertarian)
Oppose
Mothers have a right to keep their sons safe, and fathers have a right to keep their daughters safe. A private school, college, or business should be free to make their own rules regarding restrooms etc., but public facilities are just that - public. A person intent on doing actual harm to another individual is not going to be stopped by a sign on the door. A person being inappropriate toward a child is just as inappropriate whether the child is a boy or a girl. The more public a place is, the less of a chance of either of those happening.
Les Eaves (Republican)
Support
Our local school boards are best equipped to handle this issue. This stems from the Obama administration's ill-conceived guidance regarding transgender bathrooms.
7. Education: Allowing parents to enroll their child in the public school of their choice anywhere in Arkansas.
Drew Tanner (Libertarian)
Support
Private schools and Home schools also already give parents this choice, but the cost can be a burden. Possible ways to combat this are tax credits and even stipends to families with children in private or home schools to offset that cost.
Les Eaves (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.
Drew Tanner (Libertarian)
Oppose
The damages awarded should fit the damages caused, there shouldn't be an arbitrary limit.
Les Eaves (Republican)
Support
Reform is necessary and will continue to support a limitation on non-economic damages. However, we should be careful that the limit is not too low. Compared with other states that have implemented similar reform, this proposal seems reasonable. We must continue to make Arkansas an attractive place for businesses.

Also, the health of our citizens are directly impaired when they do not have access to healthcare in their area. One of the driving factors is frivolous lawsuits and disproportionally large judgments in our state. We need more doctors, more hospitals, and better access to healthcare to protect our families.
9. Civil Liberties: Amending the Arkansas Civil Rights Act of 1993 to add sexual orientation to the list of protected classes.
Drew Tanner (Libertarian)
Oppose
A human is a human. There should be no "protected classes". Article 2, Section 18 of the Arkansas Constitution states: "The General Assembly shall not grant to any citizen, or class of citizens, privileges or immunities which, upon the same terms, shall not equally belong to all citizens."
Les Eaves (Republican)
Oppose
10. Lottery: Requiring the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery to increase the percentage of proceeds allocated for scholarships to a minimum of 25%.
Drew Tanner (Libertarian)
Support
If it were a private lottery, I would oppose regulating the proceeds. A state operated lottery is more or less a voluntary tax. It should be required to at least be self-sustaining and not put any extra burden on taxpayers. Once the costs of running it are paid for, all extra proceeds should go to the intended purpose - in this case, scholarships.
Les Eaves (Republican)
Support
11. How should Arkansas address our illegal immigrant population?
Drew Tanner (Libertarian)
Does the US or Arkansas Constitution give either the federal or state government the authority to regulate immigration?
Les Eaves (Republican)
I oppose sanctuary cities and campuses. It is important for our state law enforcement to work with our federal enforcement officers. I support legal immigration as immigrants have been such an important part in the fabric and history of America. However, we should enforce the law.
12. How can Arkansas prevent mass shootings?
Drew Tanner (Libertarian)
In schools, this decision is best left to the local school districts. Whether they decide to allow teachers to arm themselves, or get more resource officers, etc., the administrators, teachers, and parents are the best people to make those decisions about what is best for the children there. What works for some schools may not work for others; so a blanket, uniform ''solution'' is not the best way to address the issue.
Out in public, there's no way to prevent all shootings, but we can ensure that people in public have the right to defend themselves and stop those shootings from being mass shootings.
Les Eaves (Republican)
We need to focus on school security to ensure our students, teachers, and administrators are safe. In Arkansas we passed a law to allow schools the opportunity to arm volunteer personnel with enhanced training to respond to an active shooter situation. The answer is not gun control or a restriction of our 2nd Amendment right.
13. What specific legislation will you work to enact?
Drew Tanner (Libertarian)
I would work to amend the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act to remove loopholes created by misinterpretations which state agencies have used to deny citizens access to public records. A transparent government is vital to a free society. I would also work to remove many immunities that public officials have from damages and liability so they can be held accountable for their misdeeds.
Les Eaves (Republican)
Continue to reduce the tax burden on Arkansas Taxpayers. Also, continue to streamline state government as well look at ways to increase efficiencies.