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Indiana General Assembly cand P Questionnaires on a wide range of issues were sent to candidates for the All responses received by the Message are included in the e! Indiana House and Senate. Questionnaires were sent to all candidates in these pages. the districts serving the 12 counties of the Diocese of Evansville. State Senate Candidate Joseph O'Day, D-49, chose not to chE A second letter and a copy of the questionnaire were sent to candidates the Yes-No-Undecided responses, but instead answered who did not respond in a two-week period following the first letter, with a single comment: "I send questionnaires in my district in Do you support: Life Issues allowing terminally ill adult patients voluntary choice to obtain physician's prescriptions for drugs to end life? Additional steps to further encourage childbirth, rather than abortion, as an option for pregnant women? If Yes, what additional steps? Indiana House John R. Gregg (D) Dist. 45 Elsie Anderson (D) Dist. 60 Jerry F. Bales (R) District 60 Jerry L. Denbo (D) District 62 Donald O. Patton (R) District 62 Donald E. Hume (D) District 63 Donna K. Gentry (R) District 63 Richard L. McConnell (D) District 64 Mike Marshall (R) District 64 Dennis Heeke (D) District 73 Grayson Goodness (R) District 73 Michael K. Phillips (D) District 74 Sally Rideout Lambert (R) District 74 t Robert R. Reisz (R) District 75 Dennis T. Avery (D) District "t5 Larry E. Lutz (D) District 76 J. Jeff Hays (D) District 77 Byron Warren (R) District 77 Kenneth Earl McWilliams (D) Dist. 78 Vaneta Becker (R) District 78 Indiana Senate Maurice (Morrie) Doll (D) District 39 Choice to Encourage obtain drugs childbirth nlr nlr No Yes, Comment Undecided Yes, Comment No Yes, Comment No Yes n/r No No Undecided No No No n/r n/r Yes n Jr Yes No rr No, Comment n/r Yes Yes, Comment Yes, Comment Yes Yes, Comment Yes n/r n/r Yes, Comment nJr Undecided Yes, Comment n/r Yes, Comment No Yes, Comment John M. Waterman (R) District 39 Undecided I Yes, comment Richard D. Young, Jr. (D) District 47 No Yes A. David Street (R) District 47 No Yes, Comment Lindel O. Hume (D) Dist. 48 n/r n/r Joseph F. O'Day (D) Dist. 49 See Introductory Story Indiana House Candidate Comments Vaneta Becker, R-78, said she did not support allowing terminally ill adult patients voluntary choice to obtain physician's prescription for drugs to end life. She commented, "This is already illegal in Indiana." Many responses were received to the question about encouraging child- birth, rather than abortion, as an option for pregnant women. The question- naire asked candidates to specify what additional steps would be supported. Elsie Anderson, D-60: "1} Services to teen parents; 2) Day care espe- cially for students; 3) Encourage adoption." Jerry F. Bales, R-60: "Whatever we can do." Jerry L. Denbo, D-62: "Eliminate abortion." Richard L. McConnell, D-64: "Improve adoption access. Insure rights of adoptive parents. Improve birth mother's opportunity to carry to birth." Mike Marshall, R-64: "Increase education about abortion. Less people would use it if they knew what they were really doing." Grayson Goodness, R-73: "Educate mother to all her options and sup- port life!" Robert R. Reisz, R-75: "1) More education. 2) Longer waiting period." Byron Warren, R-77: "Education and counseling especially in the area of adoption.  Vaneta Becket, R-78: "Funding for tax credits to not-for-profit maternity homes for unwed mothers." Indiana Senate Candidate Comments Additional steps to encourage childbirth, rather than abortion, were stated by Maurice (Mottle) Doll, D-39: "Day Care -- subsidies/vouchers/tax credits. Pre-natal medical care. Parental leave from work. Increasing tax credit for dependants." John M. Waterman, R-39, commented: "Make adoption more available for conventional families." A. David Street, R-47: "Adoption." Revenue enhancement Do you support: increasing the income tax? Increasing the sales tax? Adding sales tax to goods and services currently exempt? Increasing the cigarette tax? Other? (Explain) House Gregg D-45 Anderson D-60 Bales R-60 Denbo D-62 Patton R-62 D. Hume D-63 Gentry R-63 McConnell D-64 Marshall R-64 Heeke D-73 Goodness R-73 Phillips D-74 Lambert R-74 Avery D-75 Increase inc. tax iVr Increase sales tax n/r Undec. Undec. No No No No n/r n/r No Undec. Comment No No No No No No No No No n/r n/r n/r n/r Reisz R-75 No No Lutz D-76 n/r n/r Hays D-77 No No Warren R-77 No No McWilliams D-78 n/r n/r Becker R-78 No No Senate Doll D-39 Yes No Waterman R-39 No Un., Cmnt Young D-47 No No Street R-47 No No L. Hume D-48 n/r O'Day D-49 n/r See Introductory Story Add sales Increase tax cig. tax n/r n/r Undec. Undec. No No No Un., Cmi Comme n/r rdr No No No Comme No No No No No No No n/r n/r n/r n/r No Yes .J n/r n/r Undec. Yes No Undec.-- n/r n/r No Un., Cm No Yes No Undec. No No No No n/r n/r Indiana House Candidate Comments Comments in response to the questions about revenue brought many responses. Jerry F. Bales, R-60, said he did not support any of the fotzr iz listed, then added: "What would the money be used for? What t axeV be reduced or eliminated? Not a very good question." Donald O. Patton, R-62, did not check any of the Yes-No-Uncle sponses, but stud, Tax tobacco growers and tobacco companies; t brewing companies and alcohol merchants more." :  Donna K. Gentry, R-63, said, "I would support a small tax if it would do away with property tax (personal pro Richard L. McConnell, D-64, said he would sup: come tax, "only if relief [is] given for property tax." As for cigarette tax, McConnell said, "It would depend on what the used for." Mike Marshall, R-64: "If we can eliminate the property tax would support an increase in income tax." Grayson Goodness, R-73: "Economic development is most along with eliminating waste." Byron Warren, R-77: "The only way I would increase the was if all the extra revenue went toward programs for smokerS. should you single out a group to pay for others benefits? I'm a Vaneta Becket, R-78, said she has opposed increasing the in the past: "My support would depend on the need for revenue cific programs to be funded." Indiana House Candidate Comments Maurice (Morrie) Doll, D-39, qualified his support: (income) is progressive to help families on lower end of e funds are used by state for programs for kids and families, property tax relief." John M. Waterman, R-39, said he was undecided sales tax, but added, "Possibly reduce property tax and add one I sales tax to equalize property owners and other residents on Fund." i