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1. Abortion: The 1973 Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court abortion decision.
2. Marriage: The 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges U.S. Supreme Court same-sex marriage decision.
3. Marijuana: Prohibiting the smoking of medical marijuana.
4. Conscience: Allowing healthcare professionals to opt out of non-emergency treatments that violate their deeply-held religious, moral, or ethical convictions.
5. Assisted Suicide: Allowing doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to terminally-ill patients who wish to end their lives.
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.
7. Education: Allowing parents to enroll their child in the public school of their choice anywhere in Arkansas.
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.
9. Civil Liberties: Amending the Arkansas Civil Rights Act of 1993 to add sexual orientation to the list of protected classes.
10. Lottery: Requiring the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery to increase the percentage of proceeds allocated for scholarships to a minimum of 25%.
11. How should Arkansas address our illegal immigrant population?
1. Arkansas’ illegal immigration problem like most other states is a federal problem not a state’s problem. We are limited to responses that are reactive versus proactive. Illegal immigrants are because of their status are sometime exploited into working at pay scales far below the norm. This creates downward pressure on wages in Arkansas. As a state we should give employers the tools they need to determine the proper status of immigrants, and de-incentivize employers that hire illegal immigrants. There are many other measures that could be taken most of which would need to be implemented at the federal level.
12. How can Arkansas prevent mass shootings?
2. This question is very broad-based. For the most part I believe that problems are best solved by those individuals closest to the issue. Many times in government we try to implement a one-size-fits-all solution. One-size-fits-all solutions are always expensive and sometimes ineffective. I feel that Arkansans are best served by those nearest to the situation. In the example of our K-12 schools. The state should, after working with specialists, develop broad guidelines. These broad guidelines would allow superintendents, school boards, and teachers to develop an efficient and effective program for their school.
13. What specific legislation will you work to enact?
3. There are many pieces of legislation that I am now considering introducing in 2019. One of the pieces of legislation concerns ensuring that the victims of crimes receive proper restitution for their losses. I am also working with individuals to make adjustments to the local foods, farm and jobs bill I introduced during the 2017 session. The changes will broaden the number of state agencies covered by this legislation while make it easier for small local farms and businesses to provide goods and services. I am also reviewing possible legislation related to property rights.