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State House 81

1. Abortion: The 1973 Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court abortion decision.
Donald McKinney (Democrat)
Undecided
Abortion is a multi-faceted issue that has polarized politics for decades. While my personal beliefs are against abortions, as your representative my goal is to seek legislation to provide measures to reduce the need for abortion by making sex education, family planning, and contraceptives available while also protecting a woman’s right to her own intimate medical decisions.
Bruce Coleman (Republican)
Oppose
2. Marriage: The 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges U.S. Supreme Court same-sex marriage decision.
Donald McKinney (Democrat)
Candidate did not answer the question.
Bruce Coleman (Republican)
Oppose
3. Marijuana: Prohibiting the smoking of medical marijuana.
Donald McKinney (Democrat)
Support
I support the use of medicinal marijuana. I believe that we should continue research on the uses of marijuana through the FDA and support ending the Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act.
Bruce Coleman (Republican)
Support
4. Conscience: Allowing healthcare professionals to opt out of non-emergency treatments that violate their deeply-held religious, moral, or ethical convictions.
Donald McKinney (Democrat)
Support
Bruce Coleman (Republican)
Support
5. Assisted Suicide: Allowing doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to terminally-ill patients who wish to end their lives.
Donald McKinney (Democrat)
Oppose
Bruce Coleman (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.
Donald McKinney (Democrat)
Undecided
Bruce Coleman (Republican)
Support
7. Education: Allowing parents to enroll their child in the public school of their choice anywhere in Arkansas.
Donald McKinney (Democrat)
Oppose
I do not support school choice programs because they are detrimental to schools.
Bruce Coleman (Republican)
Support
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.
Donald McKinney (Democrat)
Oppose
Bruce Coleman (Republican)
Oppose
While I support tort reform and limitations on monetary damages, there may be circumstances where $500,000 limit is not adequate
9. Civil Liberties: Amending the Arkansas Civil Rights Act of 1993 to add sexual orientation to the list of protected classes.
Donald McKinney (Democrat)
Support
I was taught that everyone is created equal, and I believe that with all my heart. Discrimination, regardless of the basis, is wrong. As your representative I will fight for the people I represent equally.
Bruce Coleman (Republican)
Oppose
10. Lottery: Requiring the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery to increase the percentage of proceeds allocated for scholarships to a minimum of 25%.
Donald McKinney (Democrat)
Support
The scholarship lottery does not do enough for Arkansans with the vast amount of money it collects. I support a comprehensive overhaul of the lottery program to ensure that it is a benefit to our state.
Bruce Coleman (Republican)
Undecided
11. How should Arkansas address our illegal immigrant population?
Donald McKinney (Democrat)
I believe a key component of immigration reform is penalizing companies who knowingly hire illegal or undocumented workers. Arkansas workers are the backbone of our state economy.
Bruce Coleman (Republican)
Arkansas should assist the Federal Government in dealing with all illegal immigrants.
Arkansas should provide election integrity and security to ensure that only Arkansas Citizens are able to participate in our election process.
All Arkansas law enforcement should provide information and assistance regarding suspected illegal immigrants arrested for any and all crime to ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement). NO Sanctuary Areas or Action!
12. How can Arkansas prevent mass shootings?
Donald McKinney (Democrat)
I support the 2nd Amendment. I support the improvement of the background check system, increased requirements of gun transfers on the secondary market, and closing the gun show loophole. The right to keep and bear arms is a critical right. It is time for a change to protect our schools, and our public spaces.
Bruce Coleman (Republican)
Require security in areas where people congregate and individuals are prohibited from providing their own protection via concealed carry.
Limited Access and increased security where groups come together; i.e. Schools, Churches.
Provide and utilize Crisis Centers for persons who have mental problems with greater assessment through trained law enforcement. Allow the Medical community to provide individual awareness of mental problems to law enforcement and document it so that it is available to law enforcement as a precautionary measure.
Increase education in awareness of our surroundings.
13. What specific legislation will you work to enact?
Donald McKinney (Democrat)
I want to create legislation that protects the workforce and small businesses of Arkansas. I would support legislation that promotes the economic development and well-being of District 81.
Bruce Coleman (Republican)
Legislation to provide better access to health care in rural areas.
Improved voting equipment and accessibility.
Reducing regulations that do not compromise public safety.
Economic Development and Accessibility to greater Education/training in areas where skilled workers are needed.
Adequacy for funds for Public Retirement Systems.