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State House 84

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

Charlie Collins (Republican)
Oppose
I was the lead sponsor and worked with my colleagues to pass the bill that forbids sex selection abortions in Arkansas last session.
2. Marriage: The 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges U.S. Supreme Court same-sex marriage decision.
Denise Garner (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Charlie Collins (Republican)
Undecided
I supported civil unions for same sex couples so all couples could have state provided benefits and religious marriage could be handled as deemed appropriate by the church. Now there are married same sex couples and it appears to me too late for the civil union approach to realistically replace what exists today.
3. Marijuana: Prohibiting the smoking of medical marijuana.
Denise Garner (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Charlie Collins (Republican)
Undecided
Voters enacted a law, though I voted against it approving medical marijuana in Arkansas.
4. Conscience: Allowing healthcare professionals to opt out of non-emergency treatments that violate their deeply-held religious, moral, or ethical convictions.
Denise Garner (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Charlie Collins (Republican)
Support
5. Assisted Suicide: Allowing doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to terminally-ill patients who wish to end their lives.
Denise Garner (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Charlie Collins (Republican)
Undecided
I would need to see specific legislation. There are some terminally ill patients in such excruciating, unresolvable pain that this option could be a merciful choice.
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.
Denise Garner (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Charlie Collins (Republican)
Undecided
I would need to see the proposed legislation. Current policy in Arkansas seems to be working fine and we are not having issues over this in bathrooms.
7. Education: Allowing parents to enroll their child in the public school of their choice anywhere in Arkansas.
Denise Garner (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Charlie Collins (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.
Denise Garner (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Charlie Collins (Republican)
Support
Taxpayers fund the bulk of lawsuit paydays via higher costs for healthcare, consumer goods/services, etc. Issue 1 provides FULL RESTITUTION & balanced RETRIBUTION. Criminal behavior remains subject to full penalties including death penalty.
9. Civil Liberties: Amending the Arkansas Civil Rights Act of 1993 to add sexual orientation to the list of protected classes.
Denise Garner (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Charlie Collins (Republican)
Oppose
Current law protects all from sexual harassment, retribution and other misbehavior at work regardless of sexual orientation, so coverage for all people against bad behavior exists now.
10. Lottery: Requiring the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery to increase the percentage of proceeds allocated for scholarships to a minimum of 25%.
Denise Garner (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Charlie Collins (Republican)
Oppose
That would REDUCE scholarship awards. Current approach optimizes prize award payouts with scholarship levels. If lottery prizes were reduced, Arkansans would play lottery in border states and fewer Arkansas students could receive scholarships.
11. How should Arkansas address our illegal immigrant population?
Denise Garner (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Charlie Collins (Republican)
Enforce the laws. Law enforcement should always make a focus on violent criminals priority number one as we enforce our laws.
12. How can Arkansas prevent mass shootings?
Denise Garner (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Charlie Collins (Republican)
I passed Act 562 to help deter crazy killers from attacking our college campuses. The Governor's school commission on safety has just released recommendations to help keep high schools, etc safer as well.
13. What specific legislation will you work to enact?
Denise Garner (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Charlie Collins (Republican)
I have been a champion of turning Arkansas into a Good Jobs Magnet by cutting income taxes, reducing excessive regulation and litigation, and improving education through more choice. I plan to continue my focus on these issues to create jobs.