Representative Larry Liston's Political Positions

Office: State House (CO) - District 16, Republican
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Larry Liston has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2016 Political Courage Test.

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Colorado State Legislative Election 2016 Political Courage Test

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Pro-lifea) Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Yesb) Should abortions be illegal after the first trimester of pregnancy?
Noc) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
Nod) 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) Budget Stabilization:

Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing Colorado's budget.

Noa) Tapping into Colorado's "rainy day" fund
Nob) Decreasing funding for public universities
Noc) Reducing state employee salaries AND/OR pensions
Yesd) Instituting mandatory furloughs AND/OR layoffs for state employees
Yese) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
f) Other or expanded principles:

E: above, yes, benefits could be reduced under certain circumstances

2) State Spending:

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 Increasea) Education (higher)
Maintain Statusb) Education (K-12)
Slightly Decreasec) Environment
Maintain Statusd) Health care
Slightly Increasee) Law enforcement/corrections
Greatly Increasef) Transportation/infrastructure
Greatly Decreaseg) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories:

3) State Taxes:

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.

Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Increaseb) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusc) Corporate taxes
Slightly Decreased) Small business taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gas/Oil taxes
Maintain Statusf) Property taxes
Slightly Decreaseg) Sales taxes
Maintain Statush) Income taxes (low-income families)
Maintain Statusi) Income taxes (mid-income families)
Maintain Statusj) Income taxes (high-income families)
Nok) Do you support applying sales taxes to all online purchases?
l) Other or expanded principles:

a) Do you support limits on the following types of contributions for state candidates?

No1) Individual
Yes2) 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) Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?
Yesd) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
Noe) Do you support delaying the seizure of assets by law enforcement officials until after a conviction?
f) Other or expanded principles:
Noa) Do you support government spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
Yesb) Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
Yesc) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Yesd) Do you support increased state funding for job-training programs that re-train displaced workers?
Noe) Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
Yesf) Do you support requiring welfare applicants to pass a drug test in order to receive benefits?
Yesg) Do you support providing financial incentives to the private sector for the purpose of job creation?
Noh) Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?
Noi) Do you support an increase of the minimum wage?
Yesj) Should employers be able to ask about applicants' criminal history before interviewing them?
k) Other or expanded principles:
Noa) 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?
Nog) Should illegal immigrants who graduate from Colorado high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
h) Other or expanded principles:
Noa) Do you support state funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
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 Colorado's energy infrastructure?
Yesd) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Noe) Do you support government regulations of greenhouse gas emissions?
Nof) Do you support increased regulations of the hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") industry?
g) Other or expanded principles:
Noa) Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
Yesb) 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:

We do not need to pass more onerous laws against law abiding citizens that use firearms safely
And legally. People who use firearms in the commission of a crime should be prosecuted to the full extent
Of the law. I also believe we should use the death penalty more often, with few provisions for
Long drawn our appeals. One appeal and then you are done.

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 Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
Noe) Do you support requiring individuals to purchase health care insurance?
Yesf) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Yesg) Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?
h) Other or expanded principles:

On (g) above, the prescription of marijuana by doctors needs to be tightly regulated

Noa) Do you support same-sex marriage?
Yesb) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Colorado's anti-discrimination laws?
Noc) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Colorado's anti-discrimination laws?
Nod) Do you support legalizing physician-assisted suicide in Colorado?
e) Other or expanded principles:
In the following area, 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.

My legislative priorities are to work with local and business leaders to foster economic growth in the
Pikes Peak region. Secondly, I will be a strong supporter of our police and sheriff's offices to promote and
help our first responders. Lastly, I will work with officials at UCCS to help it grow and prosper,
as it is a real asset for the Pikes Peak and southern Colorado region.

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