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Brett A. Harrell

Brett Harrell's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Brett A. Harrell
Office: State House (GA) - District 106, Republican
First Elected: 11/02/2010
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for State House - District 106
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary May 20, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Diane; 1 Child: Briggs
Birth Date: 07/01/1961
Birth Place: Atlanta, GA
Home City: Snellville, GA
Religion: Catholic
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Georgia State Legislative Election 2012 Political Courage Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

Pro-lifea) Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Yesb) Should abortions be illegal after the first trimester of pregnancy?
c) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
Yesd) 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:
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.
Slightly Decreasea) Education (higher)
Maintain Statusb) Education (K-12)
Greatly Decreasec) Environment
Slightly Decreased) Health care
Slightly Decreasee) Law enforcement/corrections
Greatly Increasef) Transportation/infrastructure
Slightly Decreaseg) Welfare
Slightly Decreaseh) Other or expanded categories:

HOPE Scholarship and Criminal Justice reform legislation recently passed should aid in reducing spending necessary to provide services required. Regulatory reform and strict adherence to qualification standards should permit reduced spending in the areas of the Environment and Healthcare / Welfare.

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.
Slightly Decreasea) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Decreasec) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusd) Gas/Oil taxes
Eliminatee) Property taxes
Maintain Statusf) Sales taxes
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseh) Income taxes (mid-income families)
Slightly Decreasei) Income taxes (high-income families)
Slightly Increasej) Other or expanded categories:

Georgia took steps last session to expand the base of services that pay sales taxes. With continued spending restraint and economic recovery this will allow other taxes to be reduced.

3) Budget Stabilization:
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing Georgia's budget.
Noa) 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
Yese) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
f) Other or expanded principles:

Over the past two years, Georgia's rainy day fund has begun to be rebuilt, however, prior to tapping into the fund, barring a true emergency, I believe it should continue to be reserved. Tuition rates at public universities have grown well beyond the inflation and population rate. State salaries and benefits in Georgia are reasonable for most positions. Certain select high level positions are worthy of review.

a) Do you support limits on the following types of contributions for state candidates?
Yes1) Individual
Yes2) Political Action Committee
Yes3) Corporate
Yes4) 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:
Noa) 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?
d) Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?
e) 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:

Issues regarding minors must be handled on a case by case basis. I believe the circumstances and the judge should have the flexibility in determining proper prosecution and sentencing.

Yesa) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Nob) Do you support increased state funding for job-training programs that re-train displaced workers?
Noc) Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
Nod) Do you support providing financial incentives to the private sector for the purpose of job creation?
Yese) Do you support increased spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
Nof) 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:

By reducing regulations on the private sector, many of the issues government spends on today may be solved by private sector initiatives.

Yesa) Do you support the national Common Core State Standards initiative?
Yesb) Do you support a merit pay system for teachers?
Noc) Is the tenure process for public school teachers producing effective teachers?
d) 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?
Nog) 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:

Each of these issue are dependent on the actual legislation and implementation. I would vote opposite my response here should I believe the proposed legislation did not meet the intended outcome or would result in unintended consequences.

Noa) Do you support state funding for the development of alternative energy?
Nob) 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?
Nod) 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:
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?
Nod) 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?
Noe) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Nof) 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?
Yesc) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Georgia anti-discrimination laws?
Yesd) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Georgia anti-discrimination laws?
e) Other or expanded principles:

I do not support changing the definition of marriage and depending on the definition of civil union I may or may not be able to support the legislation offered. I support one person being able to legally authorize another to make healthcare decisions, receive their estate, etc.

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.

HB 291 to prohibit local governments from including non-tax fees on your property tax bills.

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