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State House 77

1. Abortion: The 1973 Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court abortion decision.
Luke Pruitt (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Stephen Edwards (Libertarian)
Oppose
Justin Boyd (Republican)
Oppose
2. Marriage: The 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges U.S. Supreme Court same-sex marriage decision.
Luke Pruitt (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Stephen Edwards (Libertarian)

I believe government has no business being involved in marriage. I believe marriage is a religious covenant that should be made in private ceremonies and legally set in private contracts. When our nation allows government to sanction heterosexual marriage, it severely limits those individuals in gay relationships compared to those in tradition marriages. Before the Supreme Court decision, couples didn’t receive the same tax benefits, nor the same access for hospital visitation as those in traditional marriages. Also, if a married person dies and has no will, the state generally has no problem recognizing the widow as the heir of a home, money, etc of the deceased. Those in a committed gay relationship did not have the same benefits before 2015 Obergefell vs. Hodges Supreme Court decision. This is not about condoning gay marriage. This is about liberty and letting individuals live as they please as long as they are not violating somebody else’s rights. While I would prefer the government getting completely out of marriage, I do support letting committed gay couples have the same access to benefits that traditional marriage couples have.
Justin Boyd (Republican)
Oppose
This is a policy issue which should be decided by a legislative body or by the voters directly.
3. Marijuana: Prohibiting the smoking of medical marijuana.
Luke Pruitt (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Stephen Edwards (Libertarian)
Oppose
Justin Boyd (Republican)
Support
4. Conscience: Allowing healthcare professionals to opt out of non-emergency treatments that violate their deeply-held religious, moral, or ethical convictions.
Luke Pruitt (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Stephen Edwards (Libertarian)
Support
Justin Boyd (Republican)
Support
5. Assisted Suicide: Allowing doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to terminally-ill patients who wish to end their lives.
Luke Pruitt (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Stephen Edwards (Libertarian)
Oppose
Justin Boyd (Republican)
Oppose
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.
Luke Pruitt (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Stephen Edwards (Libertarian)

I believe this issue should be handled on a case by case basis. Of course, I do not believe it’s appropriate for a boy to be showering in the same high school showers the girls are using. This could lead to a very slippery slope where some boys might identify as girls for the sole purpose of gaining access to these showers and changing facilities. However, most individuals who identify as the opposite sex are probably trying to look like the sex they identify with, making it difficult to identify their biological sex and therefore, it would be difficult to limit their bathroom access. I’m not ready to send in the gender policy to hinder individuals trying to make a quick bathroom stop. I believe this issue is for the most party a manufactured crises and that there are far greater concerns for our elected representatives and police to be focused on.
Justin Boyd (Republican)
Candidate did not answer the question.
7. Education: Allowing parents to enroll their child in the public school of their choice anywhere in Arkansas.
Luke Pruitt (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Stephen Edwards (Libertarian)
Support
Justin Boyd (Republican)
Candidate did not answer the question.
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.
Luke Pruitt (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Stephen Edwards (Libertarian)
Oppose
Justin Boyd (Republican)
Candidate did not answer the question.
9. Civil Liberties: Amending the Arkansas Civil Rights Act of 1993 to add sexual orientation to the list of protected classes.
Luke Pruitt (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Stephen Edwards (Libertarian)

I believe the rights of everyone should be recognized and protected by our state government regardless of sexual orientation, race, sex, age, disability, religion, etc.
Justin Boyd (Republican)
Candidate did not answer the question.
10. Lottery: Requiring the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery to increase the percentage of proceeds allocated for scholarships to a minimum of 25%.
Luke Pruitt (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Stephen Edwards (Libertarian)
Support
Justin Boyd (Republican)
Candidate did not answer the question.
11. How should Arkansas address our illegal immigrant population?
Luke Pruitt (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Stephen Edwards (Libertarian)
The best way to address the illegal immigration population would be to end the failed government war on drugs. Because of our refusal to recognize the drug war failure, the U.S. continues to fuel an underground drug market in Mexico, Central America and other areas. This gives rise to big drug cartels and Al Capone types who then gain influence and power over the justice system and many elected officials in these areas. This ultimately creates an unsafe environment forcing many to make the very challenging decision to leave their homeland, take a treacherous journey to the north and hope to make it across the border all with the hope of providing a better life for their families.
Justin Boyd (Republican)
Candidate did not answer the question.
12. How can Arkansas prevent mass shootings?
Luke Pruitt (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Stephen Edwards (Libertarian)
Unfortunately, we live in a time where mass shootings are all too common. And we tend to look to our government for answers, for that special law that will make these tragic shootings go away. And the truth is that there is no magical legislation that will make these shootings go away. I believe we can take steps to make schools safer such as more secure school entrances and armed security. However, to truly address these mass shootings, I believe we have to address our culture. It’s imperative that we raise our children to value life and teach them the importance of treating others with respect and kindness even when we disagree.
Justin Boyd (Republican)
Candidate did not answer the question.
13. What specific legislation will you work to enact?
Luke Pruitt (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Stephen Edwards (Libertarian)
I believe the most pressing issue Arkansas is facing is the Arkansas Works Medicaid Expansion. I believe latching onto this program was a very expensive mistake that will cost taxpayers millions. I will join likeminded representatives on this issue and work to end the Arkansas Works legislation. I believe Medicaid should be reserved for those who are truly in need or are limited because of a disability not working age, able-bodied individuals. I will also work to do away with much of the occupational licensing requirements in the state. We are 5th in the nation in required occupational licensing requirements and these requirements can cost thousands of dollars and take years to obtain. This puts an unfair burden on many, especially those in a lower economic status who are wanting to find work, or start a business.
Justin Boyd (Republican)
Candidate did not answer the question.