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State House 5

1. Abortion: The 1973 Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court abortion decision.
David Fielding (Democrat)
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Chase McDowell (Republican)
Oppose
I reference the 14th amendment that “nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” I believe that this does extend to Arkansans that are unborn.
2. Guns: Confiscation of firearms from citizens that the government deem a danger to themselves or others, otherwise known as red flag laws.
David Fielding (Democrat)
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Chase McDowell (Republican)
Oppose
I believe that without our second amendment right we would surely lose our First Amendment right. No point throughout human history when Governments have chosen to disarm their citizens has it been for peaceful reasons. It's the first step in the suppression of the populous and full government control.
3. Marijuana: Amending the Arkansas Constitution to legalize recreational marijuana.
David Fielding (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Chase McDowell (Republican)
Support
I do believe that regulated marijuana sales just as we regulate alcohol will usher in new economic growth. I also believe the tax revenue can replace the state income tax and can be used to offset the cost of welfare and Medicaid expenditures. This would also help with the overcrowded penitentiaries by granting clemency for inmates imprisoned on marijuana charges. I have been to states like Colorado and Missouri that have used these tax revenues for infrastructural advancements. I also support medical clinics that have successfully moved opiate addicts to marijuana use. This will save our state millions in healthcare expenses.
4. Taxes: Amending the Arkansas Constitution in 2020 to indefinitely continue the current 0.5% sales and use tax for road construction.
David Fielding (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Chase McDowell (Republican)
Oppose
Absolutely not! Arkansas has the highest sales tax in America however, we're the second poorest, when is enough? Enough? We're also one of the only states that impose income, property, and a sales tax. This is detrimental to the development of young families subsequently causing zero generational development. Our high taxes have been a constant barrier to the development of our small businesses while also being an impediment for new corporate investments in Arkansas.
5. Hate Crimes: Increased penalties for crimes committed because of the victim’s race, gender, or sexual orientation.
David Fielding (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Chase McDowell (Republican)
Support
Absolutely if someone commits malice or harm on another individual due to a categorized reason that person should receive a stricter punishment on the simple act of premeditation alone.
6. Conscience: Allowing healthcare professionals to opt out of non-emergency treatments and procedures that violate their deeply-held religious, moral, or ethical convictions.
David Fielding (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Chase McDowell (Republican)
Support
Healthcare professionals just like any other career professional in Arkansas are protected by their constitutional rights.
7. Education: Allowing parents to enroll their child in the public school of their choice anywhere in Arkansas.
David Fielding (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Chase McDowell (Republican)
Oppose
I do not support the current legislation, I do believe that an Arkansan should be able to send their child to any school they choose however I do believe it’s the responsibility of the recipient school district to cover the the expenses of the student or the parents to pay for that child’s education expenses. The resident’s tax dollars should stay in the school district in which they live. The current voucher program will subsequently result in poorer public education. Most northern states have tried this and have failed miserably. I am focused on the improvement in public curriculum and after school programs for lower-performing school systems.