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1. Abortion: The 1973 Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court abortion decision.
Austin Jones (Democrat)
Support
I support the right given by the Supreme Court for a woman to decide for herself what she should do. It is a personal decision that is between that person and God; no one else.
Johnny Rye (Republican)
Oppose
2. Marriage: The 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges U.S. Supreme Court same-sex marriage decision.
Austin Jones (Democrat)
Support
Johnny Rye (Republican)
Oppose
3. Marijuana: Prohibiting the smoking of medical marijuana.
Austin Jones (Democrat)
Oppose
Johnny Rye (Republican)
Undecided
4. Conscience: Allowing healthcare professionals to opt out of non-emergency treatments that violate their deeply-held religious, moral, or ethical convictions.
Austin Jones (Democrat)
Oppose
Johnny Rye (Republican)
Support
5. Assisted Suicide: Allowing doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to terminally-ill patients who wish to end their lives.
Austin Jones (Democrat)
Support
Johnny Rye (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.
Austin Jones (Democrat)
Undecided
Johnny Rye (Republican)
Support
7. Education: Allowing parents to enroll their child in the public school of their choice anywhere in Arkansas.
Austin Jones (Democrat)
Oppose
This measure increases racial inequality. It allows race to be a driving force in deciding which school a student wants to attend, and in turn create racially polarizing districts, and unequal facilities and resources.
Johnny Rye (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.
Austin Jones (Democrat)
Oppose
Johnny Rye (Republican)
Support
9. Civil Liberties: Amending the Arkansas Civil Rights Act of 1993 to add sexual orientation to the list of protected classes.
Austin Jones (Democrat)
Support
Johnny Rye (Republican)
Oppose
10. Lottery: Requiring the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery to increase the percentage of proceeds allocated for scholarships to a minimum of 25%.
Austin Jones (Democrat)
Support
Johnny Rye (Republican)
Support
11. How should Arkansas address our illegal immigrant population?
Austin Jones (Democrat)
Candidate did not answer the question.
Johnny Rye (Republican)
I truly believe that all people, within our country and state should be accounted for. I believe that the census, for 2020 should include all people, children and adults, within the accountability process. I believe that anyone that crosses our border should return to their country, within the time frame specified, of their visa. I have other thoughts about this subject that I will discuss at any time that you should call me.
12. How can Arkansas prevent mass shootings?
Austin Jones (Democrat)
Arkansas can help prevent mass shootings by enacting common sense gun laws, expanded background checks, and, in the case of schools, increased security. I do not believe in taking away an individual's right to own a gun, or to take their guns away.
Johnny Rye (Republican)
More secure schools. I do believe that the local and state police should be a part of this process. I do believe that the "Panic Button" that we recently funded in the legislature will be of great help to our schools. This could be step one in the ongoing process.
13. What specific legislation will you work to enact?
Austin Jones (Democrat)
I would like to introduce legislation that will protect our public school system from being defunded by not allowing public money to be used in private or religious schools.
Johnny Rye (Republican)
I will help develop legislation, that would bring our law enforcement and our local school boards and school administration to the table to help with this process to help with in securing our school protection. I will continue to work on legislation for our road systems. I will continue to work on legislation for our local governments, such as city and county governments, such as voting process and funding for local jail systems and upgrades in communications and any other issue that would help with local problems.