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Thomas 'Tom' R. Rice

Tom Rice's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Thomas 'Tom' R. Rice
Office: State House (GA) - District 95, Republican
First Elected: 11/05/1996
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for State House - District 95
Primary May 20, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Frances; 4 Children
Birth Date: 07/31/1940
Birth Place: Abington, PA
Home City: Peachtree Corners, GA
Religion: Christian
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Tom Rice has demonstrated Political Courage by telling citizens where he stands on the issues he may face if elected.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Georgia State Legislative Election 2012 Political Courage Test

Pro-lifea) Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Nob) Should abortions be illegal after the first trimester of pregnancy?
Noc) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
d) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
Yese) Do you support requiring parental notification before an abortion is performed on a minor?
Yesf) Do you support requiring parental consent before an abortion is performed on a minor?
Yesg) Do you support the prohibition of public funds for abortion procedures?
Yesh) Do you support the prohibition of public funds for organizations that perform abortions?
i) Other or expanded principles:

I would support "life of the mother" exception if definition of decision basis was very clear.

1) State Spending:
Using the key, indicate what state funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category; you may use a number more than once.
Maintain Statusa) Education (higher)
Maintain Statusb) Education (K-12)
Maintain Statusc) Environment
Maintain Statusd) Health care
Slightly Increasee) Law enforcement/corrections
Greatly Increasef) Transportation/infrastructure
Slightly Decreaseg) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories:
2) State Taxes:
Using the key, indicate what state tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category; you can use a number more than once.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Increaseb) Cigarette taxes
Greatly Decreasec) Corporate taxes
Slightly Increased) Gas/Oil taxes
Slightly Decreasee) Property taxes
Slightly Increasef) Sales taxes
Eliminateg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Eliminateh) Income taxes (mid-income families)
Eliminatei) Income taxes (high-income families)
j) Other or expanded categories:
3) Budget Stabilization:
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing Georgia's budget.
Yesa) Tapping into Georgia's "rainy day" fund
Nob) Increasing tuition rates at public universities
Noc) Reducing state employee salaries AND/OR pensions
Nod) Instituting mandatory furloughs AND/OR layoffs for state employees
Noe) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
f) Other or expanded principles:

I am for reducing staff positions and providing better pension options for young employees

a) Do you support limits on the following types of contributions for state candidates?
Yes1) Individual
Yes2) Political Action Committee
Yes3) Corporate
No4) Political Party
Nob) Should candidates for state office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Yesc) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Nod) Do you support the use of an independent AND/OR bipartisan commission for redistricting?
Yese) Do you support requiring a government-issued photo identification in order to vote at the polls?
f) Other or expanded principles:
Yesa) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Yesb) Do you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders, such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?
Noc) Do you support decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana?
Yesd) Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?
Yese) Should a minor who sends sexually-explicit or nude photos by cell phone face criminal charges?
Yesf) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
g) Other or expanded principles:

(e) Second offense should be criminal

a) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
b) Do you support increased state funding for job-training programs that re-train displaced workers?
c) Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
d) Do you support providing financial incentives to the private sector for the purpose of job creation?
e) Do you support increased spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
f) Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?
Yesg) Do you support an effort to deepen the Savannah harbor?
Yesh) Do you support public-private partnerships for infrastructure projects?
i) Other or expanded principles:
Yesa) Do you support the national Common Core State Standards initiative?
Yesb) Do you support a merit pay system for teachers?
c) Is the tenure process for public school teachers producing effective teachers?
Yesd) Should parents be allowed to use vouchers to send their children to any school?
Yese) Do you support state funding for charter schools?
Yesf) Do you support a statewide charter commission with the power to approve applications for charter school status that are denied by local school disctricts?
Yesg) Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?
Noh) Should illegal immigrants who graduate from Georgia high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
Yesi) Do you support efforts to merge several of Georgia's state colleges and universities?
j) Other or expanded principles:

(g) we support HOPE which is state finacial aid

Noa) Do you support state funding for the development of alternative energy?
Yesb) Do you support state funding for the development of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)?
Yesc) Do you support state funding for improvements to Georgia's energy infrastructure?
d) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Noe) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
f) Other or expanded principles:

(d) I do support voluntary consevacy projects and land acquisition for parks

Noa) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Nob) Should background checks be required on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
Yesc) Should citizens be allowed to carry concealed guns?
Yesd) Should a license be required for gun possession?
e) Other or expanded principles:
Noa) Do you support a universally-accessible, publicly-administered health insurance option?
Yesb) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
Yesc) Do you support interstate health insurance compacts?
Nod) Do you support requiring individuals to purchase health care insurance?
Yese) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
f) Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?
g) Other or expanded principles:
Yesa) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
b) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?
Noc) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Georgia anti-discrimination laws?
Nod) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Georgia anti-discrimination laws?
e) Other or expanded principles:

(b) depends on whether or not the state is required to fund any benefits

In the following area, on an attached page, or via e-mail, please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding or implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

1) Focus on the driving laws including, graduated licensing, Driver Training, traffic offense punishments

2) Higher Education Funding formula reform to base it on completions instead of semester credit hours

3) Ethics - to insure our ethics laws permit free flow of information but not free flow of cash expenditures to influence legislation

4) To support anti gambling initiatives

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