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Brian C. Bosma

Brian Bosma's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Brian C. Bosma
Office: State House (IN) - District 88, Republican Speaker
First Elected: 11/1986
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for State House - District 88
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary May 6, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Cheryl; 2 Children: Allison, Christopher
Birth Date: 10/31/1957
Birth Place: Beech Grove, IN
Home City: Indianapolis, IN
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Indiana 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.

a) Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
b) Should abortions be illegal after the first trimester of pregnancy?
c) 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?
e) Do you support requiring parental notification before an abortion is performed on a minor?
f) Do you support requiring parental consent before an abortion is performed on a minor?
g) Do you support the prohibition of public funds for abortion procedures?
h) 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.
a) Education (higher)
b) Education (K-12)
c) Environment
d) Health care
e) Law enforcement/corrections
f) Transportation/infrastructure
g) 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 may use a number more than once.
a) Alcohol taxes
b) Cigarette taxes
c) Corporate taxes
d) Gas/Oil taxes
e) Property taxes
f) Sales taxes
g) Income taxes (low-income families)
h) Income taxes (mid-income families)
i) Income taxes (high-income families)
j) Other or expanded categories:
3) Budget Stabilization:
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing Indiana's budget.
a) Tapping into Indiana's "rainy day" fund
b) Increasing tuition rates at public universities
c) Reducing or eliminating public worker collective bargaining
d) Reducing state employee salaries AND/OR pensions
e) Instituting mandatory furloughs AND/OR layoffs for state employees
f) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
g) Other or expanded principles:
a) Do you support limits on the following types of contributions for state candidates?
No1) Individual
No2) Political Action Committee
Yes3) Corporate
No4) Political Party
Yesb) 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?
Yesd) 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?
Yesc) 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?
Noe) 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?
Yesg) Should homeowners be allowed to use deadly force to stop an unlawful entry by law enforcement officers?
h) Other or expanded principles:

The above questions are extremely generalized and individual circumstances will dictate the answers.

Yesa) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Yesb) Do you support increased state funding for job-training programs that re-train displaced workers?
Noc) Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
Yesd) 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) Should Indiana prohibit union membership and dues being a condition of employment (right-to-work laws)?
h) Other or expanded principles:
a) 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?
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 the state government providing college students with financial aid?
g) Should illegal immigrants who graduate from Indiana high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
h) Other or expanded principles:

Again, circumstances will vary the above generalized answers. We must continue to do all we can to lift teacher training and effectiveness and treat teachers as the professionals they are.

Yesa) 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 Indiana's energy infrastructure?
Yesd) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
e) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
f) Other or expanded principles:
a) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
b) 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:

I support Indiana's current gun laws and will continue to do all I can to protect the 2nd amendment rights of Hoosiers.

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?
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?
Nob) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?
Noc) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Indiana's anti-discrimination laws?
Nod) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Indiana's anti-discrimination laws?
e) Other or expanded principles:

Unmarried couples have adequate protection under Indiana's current health and property transfer laws, and I support the rights of unmarried couples to contract as they choose regarding the same without reference to their sexual orientation or gender.

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 for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

I will continue to focus my legislative efforts on improving Indiana's educational system, the creation of high skill, high wage jobs and the continuation of a balanced state budget, without tax increases. I will also support effots to make Indiana a more compassionate provider of services to the elderly, the disabled and vulnerable. My experience in the private sector as a businessman, attorney and lifetime political activist will continue to assist in bringing creative solutions to bear on the challenges facing our State.

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