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State House 96

1. Abortion: The 1973 Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court abortion decision.
Michael Kalagias (Libertarian)
Oppose
Poorly written no matter what side you are on. Does not answer the important question of when life begins. I believe it begins at conception as the fetus has living cells with human DNA unique to that devloping person.
Grant Hodges (Republican)
Oppose
2. Marriage: The 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges U.S. Supreme Court same-sex marriage decision.
Michael Kalagias (Libertarian)
Undecided
Marriage is a religious and personal issue. The government has absolutely no business performing, regulating, legislating, or otherwise involving itself in the matter at all.
Grant Hodges (Republican)
Oppose
3. Marijuana: The 2016 proposed ballot measure sponsored by Arkansans for Compassionate Care to legalize medical marijuana.
Michael Kalagias (Libertarian)
Undecided
Generally I support all measures being allowed on the ballot, and letting the voters choose what they want. I don't really care much about this particular issue one way or another (depending on how it is implemented if passed) and would support whatever the voters choose.
Grant Hodges (Republican)
Undecided
4. Taxes: Increasing the motor fuel tax on gasoline and diesel to provide funds for state highway needs.
Michael Kalagias (Libertarian)
Oppose
There is enough money being collected right now, and we could even stand to knock a cent or two OFF the current tax. We do need to get rid of the current inept administration in our highway department, and stop spending highway dollars on other areas.
Grant Hodges (Republican)
Oppose
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."
Michael Kalagias (Libertarian)
Support
Grant Hodges (Republican)
Support
6. Religious Liberty: Requiring business owners to engage in business activities that violate their religious beliefs.
Michael Kalagias (Libertarian)
Oppose
Grant Hodges (Republican)
Oppose
I voted for the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. I support religious liberty and oppose requiring business owners to violate their religious beliefs.
7. Education: The Common Core State Standards being implemented in Arkansas' public schools.
Michael Kalagias (Libertarian)
Oppose
I would also oppose renaming and implementing it.
Grant Hodges (Republican)
Undecided
Still hearing from local schools. Getting rid of PARCC was the right decision. We will see how this school year goes.
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.
Michael Kalagias (Libertarian)
Support
I am actively working on getting petition signatures to put restoring those term limits back on the ballot.
Grant Hodges (Republican)
Support
Eight years in the House may be preferable. House and Senate are co-equal, so why shouldn't the term limits reflect that?
9. Civil Liberties: Amending the Arkansas Civil Rights Act of 1993 to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protected classes.
Michael Kalagias (Libertarian)
Oppose
Grant Hodges (Republican)
Undecided
Utah passed a compromise bill that protected LGBT people in housing and employment, notably not in public accommodations (bathrooms, for example), while giving strong protections and exemptions to churches and church-affiliated organizations.
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.
Michael Kalagias (Libertarian)
Oppose
Grant Hodges (Republican)
Oppose
11. Lottery: Requiring the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery to increase the percentage of proceeds allocated for scholarships to a minimum of 25%.
Michael Kalagias (Libertarian)
Undecided
I think the minimum percentage allocated to scholarships should be significantly higher than 25%, so long as doing so doesn't exceed net lottery revenue. Scholarships should be limited to and receive a minimum of 100% of net revenue.
Grant Hodges (Republican)
Support