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State House 77

1. Abortion: The 1973 Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court abortion decision.
Stephen Edwards (Libertarian)
Oppose
Life begins at some point after conception and before being born. And because I believe the primary purpose of government is to protect our inherent rights, such as life, I oppose the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.
Justin Boyd (Republican)
Oppose
2. Guns: Confiscation of firearms from citizens that the government deem a danger to themselves or others, otherwise known as red flag laws.
Stephen Edwards (Libertarian)
Oppose
The fifth amendment says that life, liberty or property can't be taken without due process of law. As state representative, I will firmly oppose red flag legislation and civil asset forfeiture which confiscates the owners belongings without due process
Justin Boyd (Republican)
Oppose
3. Marijuana: Amending the Arkansas Constitution to legalize recreational marijuana.
Stephen Edwards (Libertarian)
Support
If we truly believe in freedom, than we have to allow people to make decisions for themselves even if some may find those decisions to be immoral. Moreover, it is time to recognized what a failure the war on drugs has been. Nationwide, billions are spent annually with no results. Lifelong police records make it difficult to get hired. And when marijuana and other drugs are driven into the underground market, it makes society less safe because it allows dangerous drug cartels to stay in business.
Justin Boyd (Republican)
Oppose
4. Taxes: Amending the Arkansas Constitution in 2020 to indefinitely continue the current 0.5% sales and use tax for road construction.
Stephen Edwards (Libertarian)
Oppose
Justin Boyd (Republican)
Candidate did not answer the question.
5. Hate Crimes: Increased penalties for crimes committed because of the victim’s race, gender, or sexual orientation.
Stephen Edwards (Libertarian)
Oppose
While I find it morally reprehensible to commit heinous acts toward someone simply because of race, gender, or sexual orientation, I think we need to be very careful going down this road that penalizes someone because of their thoughts. Instead, lets make sure those who commit violent acts on others or damage property are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for the acts, not the thoughts behind the acts.
Justin Boyd (Republican)
Candidate did not answer the question.
6. Conscience: Allowing healthcare professionals to opt out of non-emergency treatments and procedures that violate their deeply-held religious, moral, or ethical convictions.
Stephen Edwards (Libertarian)
Support
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.
Stephen Edwards (Libertarian)
Support
Justin Boyd (Republican)
Support