HB-294 is a regressive bill looking for a problem. Nothing within this proposed measure would do anything to prevent voter fraud but they will absolutely inconvenience Ohio voters and create confusion, create longer lines to vote, reduce voter participation and further increase voter apathy. HB-294 will do the following (summarized): • Limits duration of drop box availability • Cuts the number of early voting days • Cuts off vote-by-mail ballot requests a week earlier, • Creates a new three-tier ID rule (HB-294 -VOTER SUPPRESSION BILL IN DETAIL) 1. Limits counties to one ballot drop box location the last 10 days before an election—regardless of how large or populated a county is. Voters in Ohio’s highest population counties sat in traffic jams at drop boxes last year but counties will be prohibited from making drop boxes more accessible. 2. Eliminates one of the busiest final three days of early voting - Monday. In 2020, some 31,413 Ohio voters voted the day before Election Day. 3. Cuts off mail ballot requests at 10 days before the election, which would make Ohio more restrictive than 40+ other states. In 2020, some 451,863 Ohio voters requested a ballot the final week. In that time, 413,093 voters requested and returned their ballots. 4. Voters would be subject to a new three-tier ID rule with photo ID as the preference. 58.6% of voters, more than 3.5 million, voted by mail in 2020. 5. If a vote-by-mail ballot is not sealed in the voter ID envelope -- but inside the return envelope —it will be thrown out. 6. Makes ban on public offices paying return postage even stricter than current law. Paying voters’ return postage would remove a barrier to voting by mail. 🚨 🚨 ACTION STEPS 🚨 🚨 Call your legislator and the sponsors / co-sponsors of HB294 Email your legislator and the sponsors of HB 294 Write a letter to the editor Sign and Share our online petition AMPLIFY THE MESSAGE BY SHARING THESE HASH TAGS ON SOCIAL MEDIA: #OhioAntiVoterBill #OurRightToVote #FreedomToVote Sample script: Hi! My name is _____________ I’m calling to voice my opposition to HB 294. House Bill 294 is a divisive and dangerous anti-voter bill that contains many of the same attacks on our fundamental freedom to vote that we have seen passed in Georgia and other states. We all want safe and accessible elections, but Ohio Legislators are pushing new anti-voter legislation that will take us in the wrong direction. Any bill that rolls back our access to the ballot box or our right to vote is unacceptable. Ohio already has enough anti-voter laws. We don’t need any more. Elections in Ohio are Safe and Fair. In an article written Jan. 23rd, 2021 by Emily Morgan of The Daily Record, The current Secretary of State, Frank LaRose, stated "for election fraud to occur on a wide a scale, dozens of Republicans and dozens of Democrats who all work for the elections board would have to collaborate on committing a felony and keep it completely quiet.” He also went on to say that "I think we ran the most successful election we’ve ever had.” Any bill that rolls back our right to vote is a non-starter. Period. Please sign this petition and share with other Ohioans to let them know that conservative legislator our enforcing big government to attack their fundamental freedom to vote. Below are the emails and phone numbers of Ohio House Legislators: Sponsors of HB 294 Rep. Bill Seitz (R) email: Rep30@ohiohouse.gov Ph# 614-466-8258 Rep. Sharon Ray (R) email: Rep69@ohiohouse.gov Ph# 614-466-8140 Co-Sponsors: Rep. Cindy Abrams (R) email: Rep29@ohiohouse.gov Ph# 614-466-9091 Rep. Brian Baldridge (R) email: Rep90@ohiohouse.gov Ph# 614-466-2124 Rep. Adam C. Bird (R) email: Rep66@ohiohouse.gov Ph# 614-644-6034 Rep. Rick Carfagna (R) email: Rep68@ohiohouse.gov Ph# 614-466-1431 Rep. Sara P. Carruthers (R) Rep51@ohiohouse.gov Ph# 614-644-6721 Rep. Gary Click (R) email: Rep88@ohiohouse.gov Ph# 614-466-1374 Rep. Jon Cross (R) email: Rep83@ohiohouse.gov Ph# 614-466-3819 Rep. Al Cutrona (R) email: Rep59@ohiohouse.gov Ph# 614-466-6107 Rep. Mark Fraizer (R) email: Rep71@ohiohouse.gov Ph# 614-466-1482 Rep. Haraz N. Ghanbari (R) email: Rep3@ohiohouse.gov Ph# 614-466-8104 Rep. Timothy E. Ginter (R) email: Rep5@ohiohouse.gov Ph# 614-466-8022 Rep. Thomas Hall (R) email: Rep53@ohiohouse.gov Ph# 614-644-5094 Rep. Brett Hudson Hillyer (R) email: Rep98@ohiohouse.gov Ph#614-466-8035 Rep. Adam Holmes (R) email: Rep97@ohiohouse.gov Ph# 614-644-6014 Rep. Don Jones (R) email: Rep95@ohiohouse.gov Ph# 614-644-8728 Rep. Darrell Kick (R) email: Rep70@ohiohouse.gov Ph# 614-466-2994 Rep. Jeff LaRe (R) email: Rep77@ohiohouse.gov Ph# 614-466-8100 Rep. Brian E. Lampton (R) email: Rep73@ohiohouse.gov Ph# 614-644-6020 Rep. P. Scott Lipps (R) email: Rep62@ohiohouse.gov Ph# 614-644-6023 Rep. Mike Loychik (R) email: Rep63@ohiohouse.gov Ph# 614-466-3488 Rep. Riordan T. McClain (R) email: Rep87@ohiohouse.gov Ph# 614-644-6265 Rep. Phil Plummer (R) email: Rep40@ohiohouse.gov Ph# 614-644-8051 Rep. Tracy M. Richardson (R) email: Rep86@ohiohouse.gov Ph# 614-466-8147 Rep. Craig S. Riedel (R) Rep82@ohiohouse.gov Ph# 614-644-5091 Rep. Bill Roemer (R) Rep38@ohiohouse.gov Ph# 614-644-5085 Rep. Jean Schmidt (R) Rep65@ohiohouse.gov Ph# 614-466-8134 Rep. Shane Wilkin (R) email: Rep91@ohiohouse.gov Ph# 614-466-3506
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  • @SenSanders, @SenWarren: Back @JoaquinCastrotx, nix Israel bomb deal
    On Sunday, May 16, Senator Jon Ossoff led 29 Senators in calling for an immediate ceasefire in Israel & Palestine to prevent further killing of civilians. On Monday, May 17, the Washington Post reported that members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee [HFAC] had just learned that Biden had approved a new weapons deal with Israel, even though the deal had been notified to the committee as required by law on May 5. These are offensive weapons similar to those that Saudi Arabia has used to kill civilians in Yemen. In response, Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro and other HFAC members expressed concern about the weapons deal and the message it would send about the urgency of a ceasefire and urged that the weapons deal be delayed so Congress could review it. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi & Majority Leader Steny Hoyer overruled them and insisted the weapons deal would go forward without Congressional review. Senators don't work for Nancy Pelosi & Steny Hoyer. If even one Democratic Senator would speak up about this, it would give House Democrats more courage to insist on reviewing the weapons deal before it goes forward. In addition, under the Arms Export Control Act, a single Senator can introduce can introduce a resolution of disapproval on the arms deal and force a floor vote, as Senators Murphy and Paul did on Saudi arms deals in September 2016 & June 2017 in opposition to unconstitutional U.S. participation in the Saudi war in Yemen. Urge Members of Congress, especially Senators Sanders & Warren, to speak up about this weapons deal, demand that it be delayed & reviewed, and introduce legislation to force a floor vote, by signing our petition. References: Sen. Ossoff leads 29 Senators to call for immediate ceasefire: https://www.ossoff.senate.gov/press-releases/sen-ossoff-leads-28-senators-urging-immediate-ceasefire-in-middle-east/ WaPo article on House Dem opposition in arms deal https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/05/17/power-up-biden-administration-approves-735-million-weapons-sale-israel-raising-red-flags-some-house-democrats/ Rep Castro's statement demanding delay and review: https://twitter.com/AlexWardVox/status/1394369401420488708 House Dems demanding delay & review overruled by Pelosi & Hoyer: https://twitter.com/AlexWardVox/status/1394680891088285699
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  • Save Adult Roles
    The Utah State Office of Education is cutting Adult Roles & Financial Literacy as of Fall 2022. We CANNOT, we WILL NOT let this happen! Adult Roles and Financial Lit. has long been the capstone class students take as they exit high school and begin their adult lives and careers. It has been THE course that prepares an individual with the personal, relationship, and financial skills to be successful in life and in ANY career. It IS personal and professional productivity. This course is a legacy in many high schools, and it is being taught to and empowering third and fourth generations in many families. When the Financial Literacy graduation requirement emerged in 2008, it was an unparalleled success. It is the one course where finance is embedded in relationships just as it is in life. Finance is behavioral. Research and data demonstrate that personal and family finance is more than crunching numbers. It is emotional and relational, and when taught in that context, efficacy skyrockets. It has been the shining star in Utah’s unique tradition of education. The Family and Consumer Science (FCS) teachers are uniquely educated and qualified to teach this content. FCS empowers individuals. FCS empowers families. ALL Utah students must continue to have access to this specialized and timely course. #saveadultroles (Sign, Comment & Share)
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  • Broadband for All
    So many people don’t have access to sufficient internet which disproportionately effects poor people, people of color, people in rural areas. Students have been meeting at fast food restaurants to do homework and attend classes, in parking lots of libraries and town halls. Anyone who is without good internet access is at a major disadvantage for so many things like access to information, education, health care, government services, essential goods.
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  • STOP Black Hate
    Police brutality against African Americans in the United States of America has gone beyond reproof. It is beyond time for there to be sensible legislation that affords African Americans the same rights and privileges that American citizenship offers other Americans. We have witnessed: Little to no repercussions for police officers’ blatant murder of African Americans; Perjury in court and/or to grand jury, where officers grandstand on their “fear” of African American citizens they are called upon and paid with taxpayer dollars to protect and serve; A lack of de-escalation techniques employed when interacting with African Americans; No repercussions for individuals who fraudulently call police on African Americans that lead to the harassment and, in most instances, murder of our beloved people. This is highly unacceptable and intolerable. We believe that, in every instance, life should be preserved, which is in accordance with our right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” as dictated in the Declaration of Independence and our 14th Amendment right to “due process under the law.” In cases regarding African Americans, we are rarely afforded that constitutional right. We believe that the colors of our skin should not be weaponized against us and should not come with an automatic guilty verdict. The legal right to “equal protection of the laws” is also a right that is afforded to us under the 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. However, in cases regarding African Americans, we are rarely afforded that constitutional right.
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  • Atco, NJ Residents' Well Water in Peril
    Some people would like to preserve Atco Raceway as a treasured landmark. To those people, I would say that it is a nostalgic idea for preserving a place that generations have enjoyed. To all people who get their drinking water from wells in the surrounding area, whether Atco Raceway is preserved as a landmark or not, we cannot and should not allow the asphalt to be pulled up and replaced with gravel. As reported in The Pine Barrens Tribune by Mr. Thomas J. Stalba, Jr., of Hammonton, NJ, "Now they (IAA) are trying to convince the board and the community that they are a 'used car establishment' that should be able to tear up paving and put 6,000 recently wrecked cars, and the fluids remaining in them, on a bed of gravel with a water table that is as little as 1.7 feet below the surface of the ground on top of the Kirkwood-Cohansey aquifer, right next to the Mullica River watershed, in the heart of the Pine Barrents." Carl Miller, as quoted in The Pine Barrens Tribune, who said he has participated in drag racing since the late 1960s, "called allowing cars in disrepair to be parked on gravel 'a terrible idea' that would allow chemicals to seep directly into groundwater with little possibility of containment." Car liquids, such as gasoline, antifreeze, brake fluid, and even oil do not have the chance to pool under a vehicle if there is gravel underneath. Do the residents of Atco, NJ know that they are responsible for their clean drinking water? Visit these two state sites: https://www.nj.gov/health/ceohs/documents/pw_faq.pdf https://www13.state.nj.us/DataMiner/Search/SearchByCategory?isExternal=y&getCategory=y&catName=Certified+Laboratories IAA states that they have millions of dollars in insurance should well water become contaminated. How would the homeowner know if his well water was contaminated? He would have to use a NJ state certified testing center that would cost thousands of dollars. Then do a second test just to be sure that the chemicals we are drinking now are "within allowable limits." Then it is our responsibility to make every effort to fix our own wells. The cost to do this would be thousands and thousands of dollars each year for each homeowner. When I moved to Atco almost 30 years ago, we were presented with giant carbon tanks placed inside the laundry room by the State of NJ. We were told that the blueberry field at the end of the road had sprayed pesticides on the plants and the pesticides made their way into the water table in "amounts that exceeded what was allowable." You see, we are still drinking water with contaminants already. We just cannot afford to test our well water annually, as the State of NJ recommends. Why then are we allowing the very obvious poisoning of our water table to occur? If you believe this is an injustice, if you want to keep your loved ones safe, if you want to stop what is so obviously wrong from occurring, you will sign this petition to stop this from happening immediately. Then tell your neighbors to sign as well. We all deserve clean drinking water. We certainly pay enough in our taxes for this "privilege." Thank you for listening.
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  • Demanding Excellence from USPS
    First Class Mail continues to provide an affordable and secure method of communication for millions of Americans. The Delivering for America Plan diverts resources and equipment away from letter processing to prioritize package services. This betrays the mission of the Postal Service to be a vehicle for communication that binds the nation together chasing profits for the private companies that are proposed to handle mail in the expanded implementation of Surface Transfer Centers. Diverting mail outside the Postal network is already creating service delays and increasing the incidents of lost mail as the Postal Service no longer maintains custody of mail throughout the delivery process. Individuals, small businesses, and local governments rely on First Class Mail to exchange information and ideas, receive remittance payments, or issue legal notices. Allowing Postmaster General DeJoy to bull doze the implementation of these changes past the public will forever alter the network that has been built to provide the excellence that has become synonymous with First Class. Do not settle for adequate when the opportunity for excellence is still attainable. Demand more!
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  • Roseville - Proclaim June as Pride Month
    Our nation was founded on the principle of equal rights for all people. Advancements have been made with respect to equitable treatment of LGBTQ persons throughout the nation. But the ideals of our founders have yet to be realized. The City of Roseville has a diverse LGBTQ community which continues to struggle for inclusion especially in this time of extreme divisiveness. The City of Roseville has a duty to: * bring its residents together, * to support one another, * to show solidarity for all its citizens, and * to invite everyone to reflect on ways we all can live and work together, committed to mutual respect and understanding, committed to supporting dignity and equity for all people in the community. The City of Roseville can demonstrate its support for our city’s diversity and our LGBTQ community by flying the rainbow flag at City Hall during the month of June.
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  • Starting a missing person database for national parks
    There are so many missing persons who have disappeared in national parks and these people are not on names or the charlie project. So we as citizens do not have a true count on missing people in America. It is not fair for families to have no way to reach out and get info on there missing lived ones.
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  • Danby NY Noise Ordinance Petition
    Many scientific studies have linked noise exposure to direct and cumulative detrimental physical and mental health effects that include, but are not limited to, hearing loss, cardiovascular disease, reduced productivity, negative social behavior, sleep deprivation, annoyance reactions, and increases the frequency of antisocial behavior. Nuisance noise adversely affects health and well-being in the same way as chronic stress (H. A. R. Jensen, B. Rasmussen, and O. Ekholm, “Neighbour noise annoyance is associated with various mental and physical health symptoms: results from a nationwide study among individuals living in multi-storey housing,” BMC Public Health, vol. 19, no. 1, p. 1508, Nov. 2019, doi: 10.1186/s12889-019-7893-8. [Online]. Available: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-019-7893-8. )
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  • Take Action to Decriminalize California’s Emergency Response to Mental Health Crises
    For decades, California has underfunded mental health services. As a result, the criminal justice system often serves as the state’s default mental health provider, with jails and prisons filled with people suffering from mental illness. In addition, an estimated 10% of law enforcement agencies’ budgets – and 20% of staff time – are spent responding to individuals with mental illness. A direct consequence of our overreliance on law enforcement responses to mental health crises is that almost a quarter of all people killed in police-involved shootings since 2015 had a known mental illness, with black men dying at a disproportionate rate. Between when Derek Chauvin’s trial started and his conviction for the murder of George Floyd, 64 people died at the hands of police. More than a dozen of them had a known mental illness or were in the throes of a mental health crisis. In 2019, Miles Hall, a 23-year-old black man living in Walnut Creek, was in the midst of a schizophrenic mental health crisis when his family called 911 for help. Despite being familiar with Miles’ condition, the officers resorted to lethal force within a minute of their arrival. Law enforcement officers are not mental health experts and should not be expected to serve this role. A better system for Miles and all Californians is possible – one that leads with treatment, not law enforcement. Last year, the federal government established “988” as the new 3-digit alternative to 911 for mental health crises. Callers to 988 will be connected with around-the-clock support, including mobile crisis teams that can respond to the scene with trained mental health professionals and peers rather than law enforcement. If California does not act now, the state will lose critical federal support and funding. Please urge California lawmakers to pass, and Governor Gavin Newsom to sign, Assembly Bill 988 (Bauer-Kahan) – also known as the Miles Hall Lifeline Act – to implement the 988 system in California and take concrete steps to reduce shootings where mental health is involved. AB 988 will ensure that we respond to a health crisis with a health response.
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  • Stop the Texas Utility Steal !!!
    More shortages and price gouging are planned for this summer for Texans on the ERCOT state utility grid.   The extreme $9,000 (per megawatt hour) price hike energy law will continue to be applied. That law  was created during past legislation.   The Texas Public Utility Commission (PUC) order used it for the first time during Winter Storm Uri.  This petition's requested legislation is vitally and urgently needed and must be passed before the end of this legislative session to reverse the price hike order and to nullify the bad energy laws it cited. These conflict with and violate other laws including: Texas Administrative Procedure Act, the Public Utility Regulatory Act ('PURA'), Public Utility Commission rules, and due process rights. These emergency pricing decisions are not reasonably supported by expert advice or evidence regarding either shortages or costs or protections for the public. This moment in history is a tipping point for Texans.  If this happens Texans can regain control over pricing and management of our public utilities.   If this does not happen, the first time emergency price hike order will be approved by default (legislative inaction)  and the first time payout to investors will initiate federal commodification protections for  investor rights and creation of a new Wall Street hedge fund "Suppliers of ERCOT During Shortages"  market which will include investor-owned suppliers of both water and energy to our state  ERCOT utilities. Also NOAA long term forecasts predict very extreme heat and drought in the future starting this summer and extends these severe predictions over the next year.  https://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/predictions/long_range/two_class.php Regarding both energy and water utilities: shortages in one lead to shortages in the other, and price gouging in both.  See Facebook Site "Water Angel - conservation"  to learn how the emergency extreme energy price gouging happened during Winter Storm Uri and how the legislature and governor-appointed energy boards have been responding since the storm ended.   Not  all of this has been reported at once for YOU to see the BIG Picture until posted on FB site "Water Angel - conservation."
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