Barbara Yates-Lockamy

Election Information:

Party: 
Democrat
District: 
13
Office: 
State Senate

Contact Information:

www.barbarayateslockamy.com
www.facebook.com/votebarbarayateslockamy/
www.twitter.com/LockamyYates

Survey Responses:

S = Support
O = Oppose
NR = No Response
Life
S O NR
1.
Prohibiting Abortion: Prohibiting abortion except when necessary to save the mother’s life.
X
2.
Taxpayer Funded Abortion: Allowing taxpayer dollars to fund organizations that provide abortion.
X
3.
Physician-Assisted Suicide: Allowing voluntary physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients.
X
Candidate's Comments:
In reference to Taxpayer Funded Abortion, there are great healthcare provisions offered by organizations that provide abortion. We must be very practical to the funding of those organizations so that 90%+ funding that is important for women is not taken away. Because this issue is so partisan divided between Republicans and Democrats--- making a simple policy change to ensure healthcare for women is forsaken in the process to defund abortions.
First Amendment
S O NR
4.
Creative Professionals Violating Conscience: Requiring creative professionals (photographer, baker, wedding vendor) to participate in events or create messages that violate their moral or religious beliefs.
X
5.
Conscience Rights: Faith-Based Organizations: Exempting faith-based organizations from regulations that cause them to violate their sincerely held religious beliefs.
X
6.
Campus Free Speech: Prohibiting speech zones or speech codes that restrict where students can discuss controversial or unpopular issues on college campuses.
X
7.
Social Media Viewpoint Neutrality: Requiring viewpoint neutrality on large social media platforms (Facebook/Twitter/Google) by prohibiting them from censoring viewpoints or messages they disagree with or find offensive.
X
Candidate's Comments:
4. No one should be forced to violate their moral or religious beliefs except in so much as it threatens the life of another citizen. 5. Faith Based Organizations represent the religious freedom on which we started this nation. To violate their freedom, counters the foundational principles of democracy. 6. Speech Restrictions on Campus are necessary to the collective freedom to learn without confrontation..... This doesn't limit the freedom speech but provides rightful place for it in light of the greater purpose of the university which is to create and build successful learning environments. 7. The only reason viewpoint neutrality is opposed is that given the state of cyber bullying and its impact on mental health on minors....there has to be grounds that protect the innocence of our youth on these social media platforms.
Family
S O NR
8.
Women’s Sports: Preventing biological males who identify as female from competing in women’s sports.
X
9.
Parental Rights in Gender Identity Counseling: Allowing parents to get professional counseling for children struggling with gender identity issues to help them reach their desired outcome.
X
10(a).
Protected Class for Sexual Orientation: Adding “sexual orientation” as a protected class alongside race, religion, sex, age, and disability in nondiscrimination law.
X
10(b).
Protected Class for Gender Identity: Adding “gender identity” as a protected class…
X
Candidate's Comments:
The lines of biological recognition and sexual orientation, preference etc are very clear. Despite popular interests, the identification struggles towards any sexual identity are choice initiated, especially if communicated. On the same basis..... no person should be discriminated against.
Education and Public Safety
S O NR
11.
School Choice: Allowing the use of tax credits, vouchers, and education savings accounts to cover the cost of children attending the school of their parents’ choice, including private schools.
X
12.
Homeschooling: Allowing parents to home school their children with minimal involvement from the state.
X
13.
Criminal Justice Reform: Changing the criminal justice system to reduce the number of non-violent offenders in prison and the cost of public safety.
X
Candidate's Comments:
11./12. School Choice and Home Schooling should be supported ONLY if and when Private, Charter and Home Schooling provide public accountability (which is reasonable in any use of tax dollars) to curriculum and academic reporting as those currently required of public schools. Though such requirements should be in place, contrary to popular belief ....this does not limit the freedom in creating advanced curriculum or learning environments. Again, as a tenured educational professional, I've seen the advantages of having education opportunities, however we must remove party bias that places educational advancement as a Republican or Democratic win. After all the educational in fighting .... A Child is left hanging.
Health and Welfare
S O NR
14.
Medical Rights of Conscience: Allowing health care workers and providers the freedom to practice medicine in accordance with their personal beliefs and conscience.
X
15.
Increasing Taxes: Increasing taxes on the wealthy to pay for more social programs.
X
16.
Medicare for All: Providing universal, state-run single-payer health care (also known as Medicare for All).
X
Candidate's Comments:
15. Increasing Taxes on the wealthy to support social programs is such an ambiguous and misleading stance to addressing necessary social programs. Common ground efforts to fund needed social programs is necessary given that more citizens are in need than those that are wealthy. Economically and logically, It is impossible in a scarce economy to address needs without making provisions. For example, without social programs , the pandemic needs of assisting the masses would not be possible. I oppose ONLY increasing taxes on the wealthy to pay for social programs. Medicare for ALL is a moral dilemma. It is unacceptable to watch people die who simply don't have the means. Also a state run single payer does not have to be the only resolve to medicare for all but again ....... political bias that places family and children lives at risk is unacceptable.