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Governor

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

Asa Hutchinson (Republican)
Oppose
I oppose the Roe v. Wade decision and believe it should be overturned.
2. Marriage: The 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges U.S. Supreme Court same-sex marriage decision.
Jared Henderson (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Asa Hutchinson (Republican)
Oppose
I oppose this decision because I believe marriage is between a man and a woman.
3. Marijuana: Prohibiting the smoking of medical marijuana.
Jared Henderson (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Asa Hutchinson (Republican)
Oppose
I consistently opposed the medical marijuana ballot initiative in 2016; however the voters have spoken and it is currently being implemented in Arkansas consistent with their wishes. I do not believe that smoking is a safe delivery mechanism for any medicine and as such it conflicts with medical best practices.
4. Conscience: Allowing healthcare professionals to opt out of non-emergency treatments that violate their deeply-held religious, moral, or ethical convictions.
Jared Henderson (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Asa Hutchinson (Republican)
Support
For non-emergency treatments medical professionals may currently opt out when there is a conflict with religious, moral, or ethical convictions. As such, a law regarding this may not be necessary, but I want to reinforce my belief that a provider should have the option. Should legislation be brought on this topic specifics are important as they relate to access to care, type of treatment, and beyond.
5. Assisted Suicide: Allowing doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to terminally-ill patients who wish to end their lives.
Jared Henderson (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Asa Hutchinson (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.
Jared Henderson (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Asa Hutchinson (Republican)
Support
I believe our local school boards are best equipped to handle this issue. In fact, I was the first Governor to come out and instruct our schools to disregard the Obama administration's ill-conceived guidance regarding transgender bathrooms.
7. Education: Allowing parents to enroll their child in the public school of their choice anywhere in Arkansas.
Jared Henderson (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Asa Hutchinson (Republican)
Support
Parents should be able to have the final decision as to where their child's educational needs are best met. Susan and I chose to educate our four children at home, in private school, and in public school settings. Our experiences typifies school choice.
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.
Jared Henderson (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Asa Hutchinson (Republican)
Undecided
I believe reform is necessary and will continue to support a limitation on non-economic damages. I continue to study the other components of this issue and have not made a final decision.
9. Civil Liberties: Amending the Arkansas Civil Rights Act of 1993 to add sexual orientation to the list of protected classes.
Jared Henderson (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Asa Hutchinson (Republican)
Oppose
10. Lottery: Requiring the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery to increase the percentage of proceeds allocated for scholarships to a minimum of 25%.
Jared Henderson (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Asa Hutchinson (Republican)
Support
I support this as an aspirational goal of the scholarship lottery but currently this is not financially feasible.
11. How should Arkansas address our illegal immigrant population?
Jared Henderson (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Asa Hutchinson (Republican)
We should enforce the law. I oppose sanctuary cities and campuses. It is important for our state law enforcement to work with our federal enforcement officers. I support legal immigration as immigrants have been such an important part in the fabric and history of America.
12. How can Arkansas prevent mass shootings?
Jared Henderson (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Asa Hutchinson (Republican)
The answer is not gun control or a restriction of our 2nd Amendment right. I have been on the forefront of efforts to improve school safety and security for years- including the recent creation of a School Safety Commission. I want to focus on school security to ensure our students, teachers, and administrators are safe during the day. In Arkansas we passed a law to allow schools the opportunity to arm volunteer personnel with enhanced training to respond to an active shooter situation. We have taken great steps in our state and will continue to do so.
13. What specific legislation will you work to enact?
Jared Henderson (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Asa Hutchinson (Republican)
I want to continue my work in reducing our tax burden. We have already enacted 150 million dollars in tax relief a year and I want to lower our current top marginal tax rate from 6.9% to 6%. This represents an additional relief of 180 million dollars a year and will be the largest income tax cut in the state's history. Additionally, I want to continue to reform state government to make it more efficient for the taxpayer. My goal is to cut the number of government departments in half in order to provide more accountability, improved services, and be more efficient with taxpayer dollars.