Meet the Candidate

LAWS SR, DARREN A

Running For:
REPRESENTATIVE IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
District:
159

Political Affiliation:
DEM
Age:
56
Occupation:
Dean of Students
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Survey

Response Legend

  • YYes
  • NNo
  • UUndecided
  • Declined to Respond / Position Unknown / Unclear
  • *Comment
  • Declined to respond, Position based on citation

Question Response Comments/Notes
1. Should education funding be available directly to families through a grant, scholarship, or education savings account so that parents can send their children to the school of their choice, including religious schools? Y* This can promote competition and innovation in the education system and provide more options for students with diverse learning styles and needs. However, directing public education funding to private and religious schools through grants or scholarships can undermine the public education system and lead to increased segregation and inequality. There are also concerns about accountability and oversight of taxpayer dollars in private and religious schools. Ultimately, how education funding should be allocated is a complex issue that involves balancing parental choice, equity, and the quality of education provided. It is important for policymakers to carefully consider the potential benefits and drawbacks of different funding mechanisms and ensure that all students have access to a high-quality education.
2. Should marijuana be legalized and sold commercially for recreational use? Y* There are potential economic benefits, including tax revenue generation and job creation in the marijuana industry. Legalization could also help reduce the burden on the criminal justice system by eliminating arrests and prosecutions for marijuana-related offenses. Additionally, proponents argue that regulating marijuana sales could help ensure product quality and safety for consumers.
3. Should the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act be amended to include "sexual orientation" and "gender identity," which would require public schools and other public facilities to open up restrooms and locker rooms to members of the opposite sex? U* It is important to ensure the rights and privacy of all individuals are respected while also promoting equality and nondiscrimination. Any potential amendments to the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act should take into account the perspectives and needs of all stakeholders, and ensure that appropriate safeguards are in place to address any concerns related to privacy and safety. Ultimately, the decision on whether to include "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" in the Act should be made after thorough public consultation and consideration of all relevant factors.
4. Should Pennsylvania enter into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which would include a new carbon tax on electricity producers? Y* Proponents of joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative argue that it would help Pennsylvania reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and address climate change, while also helping to create jobs in the renewable energy sector.
5. Should increases in state government spending be limited to the rate of inflation plus population growth? U* Limiting state government spending to the rate of inflation plus population growth is a prudent approach to ensure fiscal responsibility and prevent excessive government expansion. This approach can help prevent budget deficits and inflationary pressures by ensuring that government spending grows at a sustainable pace. It may not adequately account for the varying needs of different states and regions. Some states may require higher levels of spending to address specific challenges, such as addressing infrastructure gaps or providing adequate social services. Limiting spending growth to a fixed formula may hinder the ability of states to adequately respond to these needs. I think the decision to limit state government spending to the rate of inflation plus population growth should take into consideration the unique circumstances and priorities of each state. It is important to carefully weigh the potential benefits and drawbacks of such a policy before implementing it.
6. Should state taxpayer funding be allowed for elective abortions? U* One side of me says taxpayer funding should be allowed for elective abortions in order to ensure access to reproductive healthcare for all individuals, regardless of their financial situation. However, what about other objections... another side says it should not be used for elective abortions, as people may have moral or religious objections to the procedure. This is a decision that should be made through the democratic process and reflect the values of the community.
7. Should all voters be required to show identification before voting? Y* Requiring identification before voting would help prevent voter fraud and ensure the integrity of the voting process. It is a simple and reasonable requirement to ensure that only eligible voters are casting ballots.
8. Should striking union members have access to unemployment compensation? Y* Yes, striking union members should have access to unemployment compensation. Unemployment compensation is meant to provide financial assistance to individuals who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own, and a strike is a legally sanctioned labor action taken by workers to improve their working conditions or wages. Denying striking union members access to unemployment compensation could discourage them from exercising their right to strike, which is an important tool for workers to negotiate for fair wages and working conditions. Additionally, many striking union members have families to support, and denying them unemployment benefits could put them in financial hardship.
9. Should public schools be prohibited from allowing males who identify as females to compete in girls’ sports? U* Prohibiting males who identify as females from competing in girls' sports could potentially give them an unfair advantage due to physical differences between male and female athletes. Allowing males who identify as females to compete in girls' sports could compromise the competitiveness and fairness of the sport. Allowing males who identify as females to compete in girls' sports is a matter of inclusivity and equality. Everyone should have the right to participate in sports regardless of their gender identity and that excluding transgender individuals from participating in sports based on their gender identity is discriminatory.
10. Should schools have to post curriculum online for review by parents and taxpayers? Y* Transparency in education is crucial for ensuring accountability and fostering trust between schools and the community. By making curriculum easily accessible, parents and taxpayers can better understand what is being taught in schools and can provide feedback or raise concerns if necessary. This level of transparency can also help ensure that schools are meeting educational standards and effectively preparing students for the future.
11. Should funding for public and state-related universities follow the student rather than go directly to the institution? N* If funding were to go directly to the institution, it could ensure that all students have access to the resources and support they need to succeed, regardless of their individual circumstances or choices. It could also prevent wealthier students from receiving more funding and resources than those who are less privileged.