QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS – ACLU QUESTIONNAIRE

  1. This year, the Senate passed a bill that states, in part: “No juvenile shall be requested to consent to a search by a law enforcement officer unless there exists reasonable suspicion or probable cause of criminal activity.” Do you agree with this requirement?

ANSWER:   YES. I AGREE WITH THIS CONCEPT. MY ONLY CONCERNS WOULD BE AS TO WHETHER OR NOT THE PARENT OF THE MINOR HAD GRANTED CONSENT.

  1. Do you support requiring the State’s health exchanges that will serve Rhode Islanders to include abortion coverage availability in their plans?

ANSWER: I LEAVE THAT TO THE OPERATIONS OF PRIVATE BUSINESS IN THE MARKETPLACE. I HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH EXTENDING COVERAGE, BUT REQUIRING ANYTHING IS AGAINST MY CONCEPT OF FREEDOM AND AS SUCH MUST JUMP A HIGH BAR.

  1. The state’s photo-only “voter ID” law has taken effect this year. Do you support this law?

ANSWER: YES. I SUPPORT THE VOTER ID LAW IN THAT MY SOLE CONCERN IS DISENFRANCHISEMENT AS OPPOSED TO IDENTIFICATION. YOU CANNOT BUY CIGARETTES WITHOUT IDENTIFICATION, YET WE HAVE DIFFICULTY IN CORRECTLY IDENTIFYING THOSE EXERCISING THEIR RIGHTS. IF THERE WERE NO PROVISIONAL BALLOTS, WHEREBY THE SIGNATURES ARE COMPARED BY THE CANVASSING AUTHORITIES AGAINST THE REGISTRATION CARDS, THEN I WOULD HAVE A PROBLEM. SINCE NO ONE IS BEING DENIED THE RIGHT TO VOTE OR HAVE THAT VOTE COUNTED, I AM NOT OVERLY CONCERNED.

  1. Do you support legalizing and taxing marijuana?

ANSWER: LEGALIZING IT YES, TAXING IT NO. INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM INCLUDES ALLOWING PEOPLE TO MAKE THEIR OWN DETERMINATION AS TO THEIR USE OR NON-USE OF ANY PRODUCT. GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION SHOULD ONLY BE AS TO WHETHER THE PRODUCT IS UP TO A STANDARD AND ANY SAFETY CONCERNS FROM ABUSE OR OVERUSE.   SIMILARLY, IF PEOPLE CHOOSE TO SMOKE KNOWING THE PANOPLY OF RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH IT, WHY SHOULD GOVERNMENT RESTRICT THIS FREEDOM OF A PERSON TO LIVE AS ONE CHOOSES?

TAXATION ON AN ITEM THAT SHOULD NOT BE REGULATED TO BEGIN WITH IS AN EVEN MORE EGREGIOUS SITUATION IN THAT THE GOVERNMENT THEN CLEARLY HAS NO REAL CONCERN WITH PUBLIC HEALTH AND ONLY THE PUBLIC PURSE. IF MARIJUANA WERE LEGALIZED ONLY BECAUSE IT IS A TAXABLE EVENT, THEN IT IS NO MORE SOLID A POLICY THAN PROHIBITING SMOKING IN THE WORKPLACE TO SAVE THE WORKERS, YET IT IS OKAY TO WORK IN THE SMOKE FILLED CASINO.

  1. Rhode Island suspends thousands of students annually for minor behavioral offenses. Do you support legislation that would generally limit the use of out-of-school suspensions to students whose behavior poses a risk of physical harm or persistent disruption in school that cannot be controlled by other means?

ANSWER: YES. I WOULD GENERALLY LIMIT OUT-OF-SCHOOL SUSPENSIONS. IF THE INTEREST OF THE SCHOOL IS THE EDUCATION OF THE CHILD, THEN SUCH LIMITATION ON THE ABILITY OF THE CHILD TO PARTICIPATE IS NOT ACCEPTABLE. IN-SCHOOL SUSPENSIONS ARE A MORE REASONABLE SOLUTION. THERE IS, HOWEVER, A NEED FOR OUT-OF-SCHOOL SUSPENSIONS BASED ON A DANGEROUS STUDENT WHO POSES GRAVE PHYSICAL HARM TO OTHERS IN THE CLASSROOM.

  1. Do you support requiring law enforcement to obtain a warrant before requesting an individual’s location from a cell phone provider except in cases of emergency?

ANSWER: YES.

  1. Do you support requiring law enforcement to obtain a warrant before using “drone” technology to engage in criminal surveillance except in cases of emergency?

ANSWER: YES. GIVEN THE EVOLVING NATURE OF THE TECHNOLOGY, MY ANSWER IS NOT COMPLETELY CERTAIN. MY VIEW BASED ON MY PRESENT UNDERSTANDING OF THIS IS IN AGREEMENT WITH THE ACLU POSITION. I BELIEVE THAT RHODE ISLAND NEEDS TO PROVIDE ITS CITIZENS WITH THE GREATEST AMOUNT OF PRIVACY, AS WAS GRANTED UNDER THE RI CONSTITUTION.

  1. Board of Education regulations allow students to receive in-state tuition at Rhode Island’s public colleges and universities, regardless of their immigration status, if they complete three years of education at, and graduate from, a Rhode Island high school, and enroll in a Rhode Island college. Do you support codifying this policy into law?

ANSWER: NO. I BELIEVE THAT IMMIGRATION POLICY IS A FEDERAL ISSUE AND NOT THE PLACE FOR STATES TO DABBLE UNLESS THERE IS A CLEAR STATE INTEREST. I CANNOT, IN GOOD CONSCIENCE, SEE THE STATE INTEREST HERE.

  1. Do you support providing driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants?

ANSWER: NO. THAT SAID, I HAVE WRITTEN EXTENSIVELY ON MY ALTERNATIVE DOCUMENT PLAN WHICH WOULD ENABLE DRIVING UNDER SPECIFIED TERMS. RATHER THAN ATTACHING IT, IT CAN BE FOUND ON “BOB HEALEY’S CAMPAIGN JOURNAL.WORDPRESS”.

  1. Do you support Rhode Island holding a constitutional convention?

ANSWER: YES. AS ONE HAS WRITTEN IN EARLIER CONSIDERATION OF SUCH CONVENTIONS, THERE ARE THREE WAYS TO CHANGE GOVERNMENT, 1. BY RECONSTITUTING IT UNDER LEGAL MEANS, 2. BY THE PEOPLE THROUGH AMENDMENT, OR 3. BY REVOLUTION. THE RHODE ISLAND CONSTITUTION PROVIDES FOR SUCH REVIEW AND REAFFIRMATION BY THE PEOPLE. I HAVE FULL FAITH IN THE PEOPLE.

  1. “Prison gerrymandering” is a term given to the practice of counting inmates, for purposes of drawing voting districts, as residents of their place of incarceration, rather than their home address from which they otherwise must vote. Do you support legislation that would eliminate prison gerrymandering in Rhode Island?

ANSWER: YES.

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Robert J. Healey, Jr. – Candidate for Governor

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