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1. Abortion: The 1973 Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court abortion decision.
Stu Smith (Republican)
Oppose
Bryson Wood (Republican)
Oppose
I believe that life begins at conception.
2. Marriage: The 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges U.S. Supreme Court same-sex marriage decision.
Stu Smith (Republican)
Oppose
Bryson Wood (Republican)
Oppose
I believe that marriage should be between one man and one woman.
3. Marijuana: Prohibiting the smoking of medical marijuana.
Stu Smith (Republican)
Undecided
Bryson Wood (Republican)
Undecided
Although I’m not opposed to the use of marijuana strictly for medicinal purposes, I did personally vote against the legalization for medical use. This was due to the concern of this becoming a gateway to legalizing marijuana for recreational use. There is also a concern that medicinal marijuana could be abused by it getting into the hands of others and being used for recreational purposes. The ballot initiative did, however, pass and now our state constitution says medical marijuana is allowed. I would prefer it be offered in smokeless forms but in assuming it is being used medicinally and if inhalation gives the best therapeutic delivery to the patient, then I find it hard to oppose. It is already illegal to smoke it in public, as I feel that it should be.
4. Conscience: Allowing healthcare professionals to opt out of non-emergency treatments that violate their deeply-held religious, moral, or ethical convictions.
Stu Smith (Republican)
Support
Bryson Wood (Republican)
Undecided
Although you will not find someone who will defend our religious freedoms more than I will, if you write a law worded as vaguely as this question you will have people refusing treatment to others for absurd reasons and no way to prove that their reason for refusal is not a “deeply help religious, moral or ethical conviction”. Must be more specific.
5. Assisted Suicide: Allowing doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to terminally-ill patients who wish to end their lives.
Stu Smith (Republican)
Oppose
Bryson Wood (Republican)
Oppose
God gives life and He is the only one that has authority to take it away.
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.
Stu Smith (Republican)
Support
Bryson Wood (Republican)
Support
7. Education: Allowing parents to enroll their child in the public school of their choice anywhere in Arkansas.
Stu Smith (Republican)
Support
Bryson Wood (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.
Stu Smith (Republican)
Undecided
Bryson Wood (Republican)
Support
9. Civil Liberties: Amending the Arkansas Civil Rights Act of 1993 to add sexual orientation to the list of protected classes.
Stu Smith (Republican)
Oppose
Bryson Wood (Republican)
Oppose
10. Lottery: Requiring the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery to increase the percentage of proceeds allocated for scholarships to a minimum of 25%.
Stu Smith (Republican)
Support
Bryson Wood (Republican)
Support
11. How should Arkansas address our illegal immigrant population?
Stu Smith (Republican)
Enforce current Laws. Create paths to citizenship for young immigrants.
Bryson Wood (Republican)
First of all we should not ever be a sanctuary state or have sanctuary cities in our state. Illegal immigration is primarily a federal issue and we should allow them to enforce the law. I have heard mention of keeping illegal immigrants from receiving state benefits which I could support some measures of.
12. How can Arkansas prevent mass shootings?
Stu Smith (Republican)
In Schools, allow trained members of the faculty to carry a weapon in order to protect their students. This would require extensive, yearly in-service training. Only a selected few would be allowed to carry a weapon. I also believe that the early detection of mental health issues and programs that produce positive results in helping these citizens should be of great importance.
Bryson Wood (Republican)
Let me first say that infringements to the 2nd amendment rights of law abiding citizens is not the answer! Feds do need to find a more effective way to cross check gun purchases/registration with mental health registration and ensure that current laws and measures are being upheld. We need to do more in effectively identifying and treating mental health issues in the general public and in our school systems. We also to ensure that schools have adequate resources available to provide protections and training that each individual school district deems necessary to protect their children while at school. Last but not least, we need to encourage, not villainize, prayer and faith based outreach to those in need of help.
13. What specific legislation will you work to enact?
Stu Smith (Republican)
There are several issues that concern me. At the top is our continual problem with drug abuse. As an educator for the past 36 years, I have seen what it is doing to our students and to our society. Family Values and Church Families are so important in helping to slow down this ever growing problem.
Bryson Wood (Republican)
Not ready at this point to discuss specific legislation but I do want to promote conservative family values as well as economic development within our state by facilitating public schools to provide improved career and vocational training.