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State House 63

1. Abortion: The 1973 Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court abortion decision.
James Sturch (Republican)
Oppose
2. Marriage: The 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges U.S. Supreme Court same-sex marriage decision.
James Sturch (Republican)
Oppose
3. Marijuana: The 2016 proposed ballot measure sponsored by Arkansans for Compassionate Care to legalize medical marijuana.
James Sturch (Republican)
Oppose
4. Taxes: Increasing the motor fuel tax on gasoline and diesel to provide funds for state highway needs.
James Sturch (Republican)
Undecided
Support finding a long-term solution. For the short term, I support a revenue neutral option as I do not think more taxes are the answer. We should look at ways to update the existing fuel tax rates. For example, tie rates to the performance of the economy or indexed for inflation.
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."
James Sturch (Republican)
Support
Support continuing to issue concealed carry permits that other states will honor when citizens cross borders.
6. Religious Liberty: Requiring business owners to engage in business activities that violate their religious beliefs.
James Sturch (Republican)
Oppose
7. Education: The Common Core State Standards being implemented in Arkansas' public schools.
James Sturch (Republican)
Oppose
Support higher standards, and even reciprocity with other states. However, the curriculums being used need to be overhauled and modified by Arkansas teachers and educators to solve some of the problems experienced with common core standards.
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.
James Sturch (Republican)
Undecided
The current term limits of 16 years total, for both House and Senate, were just approved by voters in 2014. I understand if it is the will of the voters for these limits to be in effect long enough to see if it works better in getting a higher quality of Legislature. Stricter term limits will make legislators themselves and the body weaker in relation to the bureaucracy or executive. Ultimately, the vote is the best form of term limits.
9. Civil Liberties: Amending the Arkansas Civil Rights Act of 1993 to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protected classes.
James Sturch (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.
James Sturch (Republican)
Undecided
I do not support continuing as is without any changes. We should be seeking revisions that make the program more about providing a short-term help to families in need while at the same time encouraging work and thus moving people off of the Medicaid rolls and into employment with better benefits.
11. Lottery: Requiring the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery to increase the percentage of proceeds allocated for scholarships to a minimum of 25%.
James Sturch (Republican)
Support