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State House 77

1. Abortion: The 1973 Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court abortion decision.
Stephen Edwards (Libertarian)

Justin Boyd (Republican)
Oppose
Life begins at conception, and we must have policies that protect life, especially life at its most vulnerable stages.
2. Marriage: The 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges U.S. Supreme Court same-sex marriage decision.
Stephen Edwards (Libertarian)

Justin Boyd (Republican)
Oppose
The family is the first natural society. Marriage is the union of one man and one woman with a purpose of procreation.
3. Marijuana: The 2016 proposed ballot measure sponsored by Arkansans for Compassionate Care to legalize medical marijuana.
Stephen Edwards (Libertarian)

Justin Boyd (Republican)
Oppose
Medications need to be approved through legal channels involving the FDA.
4. Taxes: Increasing the motor fuel tax on gasoline and diesel to provide funds for state highway needs.
Stephen Edwards (Libertarian)

Justin Boyd (Republican)
Oppose
I am opposed to net tax increases. However, I am open to changing taxes in a way that results in a net tax decrease or possibly being net revenue neutral.
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."
Stephen Edwards (Libertarian)

Justin Boyd (Republican)
Support
While I believe citizens have a second amendment right to bear arms, I hope we continue to live in a society where citizens do NOT feel the need to routinely open carry for their own safety.
6. Religious Liberty: Requiring business owners to engage in business activities that violate their religious beliefs.
Stephen Edwards (Libertarian)

Justin Boyd (Republican)
Oppose
Business owners have the same right to religious freedom as other citizens.
7. Education: The Common Core State Standards being implemented in Arkansas' public schools.
Stephen Edwards (Libertarian)

Justin Boyd (Republican)
Undecided
I continue to watch this discussion unfold. At this point, I am more against than for. All though we need to review standards, local control is generally the best control. Most constituent concerns relayed to me have been regarding the PARCC test which then would set the standard since teachers tend to teach to the test. We voted in the 90th General Assembly to remove the PARCC test and implement the ACT Inspire test.
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.
Stephen Edwards (Libertarian)

Justin Boyd (Republican)
Undecided
The people approved a constitutional amendment to change these term limits in the last election, and I am passionate about supporting the will of the people. Some purport that the legislature was deceitful in putting the constitutional amendment to the people for a vote. One constituent has complained to me about this, but several have indicated support for the term limits as set today. The best term limits are set by the voters themselves during each election cycle.
9. Civil Liberties: Amending the Arkansas Civil Rights Act of 1993 to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protected classes.
Stephen Edwards (Libertarian)

Justin Boyd (Republican)
Undecided
Businesses have a lot of regulation as it stands now. Burdening business with more regulation does NOT seem to be the answer in what should be a free market economy. I am for businesses being able to develop policies that promote healthy competition in the market place.
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.
Stephen Edwards (Libertarian)

Justin Boyd (Republican)
Undecided
The Health Reform Task Legislative Force continues to debate and discuss this issue. I am awaiting the report of this Task Force due December 31, 2015.
11. Lottery: Requiring the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery to increase the percentage of proceeds allocated for scholarships to a minimum of 25%.
Stephen Edwards (Libertarian)

Justin Boyd (Republican)
Support
I am for putting as much of the proceeds into scholarships as is sustainable.