I read a letter from Roy Parfitt, who said one should write about one’s preferred candidate for the state Senate, no smearing the other candidate (Gateway letters, Sept. 4). I compare candidates’ voting records.
Because he has only been in the Senate for one year, I can only compare Sen. Nathan Schlicher’s positions on key votes to Rep. Jan Angel for the legislative year 2012-13. I approve of the way Schlicher voted yea on several votes, as opposed to the way Angel voted nay on the same bills.
Bill 1723 — Proposing an increase in high-quality early learning
Bill 5595 — Childcare reform, giving consumers a bill of rights and provider requirements
Bill 1294 — Concerning flame retardants, which limited presence in upholstery furniture and children’s products sold or distributed for use in the state.
Bill 5614 — Health professionals program, establishing a one-year waiting period for marriage dissolution, encouraging reconciliation and non-adversarial approaches
Bill 5624 — STEM or career technical education, requiring the director of math, science and technology to work with community and technical colleges to develop high-demand programs.
Schlicher proposed a bill to limit administrative costs of the Narrows Bridge, affecting toll savings.
Angel’s votes and bill sponsorship would affect women’s health care. She voted to deny the coverage of essential services for women, like cancer screening, annual exams, birth control and mammograms. This information is not a smear. It’s simply discovery on how the candidates have voted.