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State House 7

1. Abortion: The 1973 Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court abortion decision.
Sonia Barker (Republican)
Oppose
I believe all life is worth protecting and granted rights by our Creator.
2. Guns: Confiscation of firearms from citizens that the government deem a danger to themselves or others, otherwise known as red flag laws.
Sonia Barker (Republican)
Oppose
The Red Flag Laws I have seen proposed do not protect due process and therefore are a violation of the 2nd Amendment. People who may harm themselves or others should not have access to firearms, but the burden to prove that intent is on the government and therefore due process must be maintained.
3. Marijuana: Amending the Arkansas Constitution to legalize recreational marijuana.
Sonia Barker (Republican)
Oppose
4. Taxes: Amending the Arkansas Constitution in 2020 to indefinitely continue the current 0.5% sales and use tax for road construction.
Sonia Barker (Republican)
Undecided
I oppose raising taxes, but also see the need to secure proper funding for our infrastructure. I am still evaluating how I will vote on this issue in the November 2020 election.
5. Hate Crimes: Increased penalties for crimes committed because of the victim’s race, gender, or sexual orientation.
Sonia Barker (Republican)
Undecided
6. Conscience: Allowing healthcare professionals to opt out of non-emergency treatments and procedures that violate their deeply-held religious, moral, or ethical convictions.
Sonia Barker (Republican)
Support
7. Education: Allowing parents to enroll their child in the public school of their choice anywhere in Arkansas.
Sonia Barker (Republican)
Support
As a public school teacher I know the value our schools provide to our children. The teachers and schools I have worked with all want to do their best to prepare students for further education and for life in general. However, some students may excel in one environment more than another and ultimately I believe a parent should have the ability to make the decision as to what school will provide the best education for their child.