View Candidates

State House 54

1. Abortion: The 1973 Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court abortion decision.
Hunter Williams (Democrat)

The United States Supreme Court has ruled and these cases are the law of the land. The Arkansas State Legislature cannot change these decisions.
Johnny Rye (Republican)
Oppose
2. Marriage: The 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges U.S. Supreme Court same-sex marriage decision.
Hunter Williams (Democrat)

The United States Supreme Court has ruled and these cases are the law of the land. The Arkansas State Legislature cannot change these decisions.
Johnny Rye (Republican)
Oppose
3. Marijuana: The 2016 proposed ballot measure sponsored by Arkansans for Compassionate Care to legalize medical marijuana.
Hunter Williams (Democrat)

The proposed ballot measure is very complex and I need time to fully comprehend it.
Johnny Rye (Republican)
Oppose
4. Taxes: Increasing the motor fuel tax on gasoline and diesel to provide funds for state highway needs.
Hunter Williams (Democrat)

In the last 30 years or so highways have been funded by such taxes. There is a concern about whether highways can be improved by taxes on gasoline and diesel or only diesel. Additionally, moneys saved from the end of the Little Rock School desegregation settlement may be used.
Johnny Rye (Republican)
Undecided
5. Guns: Allowing citizens who may legally own a handgun to visibly and openly carry an unconcealed handgun without a permit—also known as "open carry."
Hunter Williams (Democrat)

I have contacted the spokesman for the Arkansas Sheriff's Association and clarity in the law is needed. There are issues concerning permits, background checks and training. Currently, local Prosecutors and Sheriffs are put in the position to make decision without guidance.
Johnny Rye (Republican)
Support
6. Religious Liberty: Requiring business owners to engage in business activities that violate their religious beliefs.
Hunter Williams (Democrat)

I will not support any proposed law which, in my opinion, violates the United States or Arkansas Constitution.
Johnny Rye (Republican)
Oppose
7. Education: The Common Core State Standards being implemented in Arkansas' public schools.
Hunter Williams (Democrat)
Oppose
Johnny Rye (Republican)
Oppose
8. Term Limits: Reinstating the 1992 Arkansas Term Limits Amendment that generally prohibits members of the Arkansas Legislature from serving more than 6 years in the Arkansas House and 8 years in the Arkansas Senate.
Hunter Williams (Democrat)
Undecided
Johnny Rye (Republican)
Undecided
9. Civil Liberties: Amending the Arkansas Civil Rights Act of 1993 to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protected classes.
Hunter Williams (Democrat)

If the United States Supreme Court determines that these groups are constitutionally protected, then the act should be amended.
Johnny Rye (Republican)
Oppose
10. Medicaid Expansion: Continuation of the Arkansas Private Option law passed in 2013 that increased the number of people receiving health insurance through Medicaid by using tax dollars to buy health insurance from private insurance companies under the Affordable Care Act.
Hunter Williams (Democrat)
Support
Johnny Rye (Republican)
Oppose
11. Lottery: Requiring the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery to increase the percentage of proceeds allocated for scholarships to a minimum of 25%.
Hunter Williams (Democrat)

I will support ways to assist students to get a college education at an affordable cost.
Johnny Rye (Republican)
Support