Arizona State Senate
Arizona State Senate
Our fallen hero Andrew Ashcraft: get the family Andrew's benefit package that they were promised
My name is Tom Ashcraft, father of Andrew Ashcraft and fallen Granite Mountain Hot Shot. He was a full time employee working for the City Of Prescott, Az. on June 30th, when the fire overcame him and 18 of his brothers. 19 firefighters were killed in the fire. We are all heartbroken beyond words can say. Just as all the families are doing we too must press on to help secure the future of Andrew's wife Juliann and his four children and help them endure the difficult times ahead. In addition to this tragedy, the city of Prescott has officially denied paying out his benefits claiming he was not full time. This is not accurate at all. He had been working his scheduled 40 hour weeks, he had obtained their goals required of full time status and had been given a raise above that of a seasonal employee. Because of that, his employee file had been forwarded onto the city managers' office with the endorsement of his supervisors. Unfortunately, they too perished in that fire and cannot confirm this. The delay in the process is the primary reason for their not approving his status. Nonetheless, he was verbally assured of his status, he was working his required schedule as a full time employee, being paid as a full time employee therefore is due full time benefits. It is not only our family's belief, but our community, as well as many around this great nation that the City of Prescott, specifically the Mayor and City Council, should immediately approve Andrew Ashcraft's benefits that will provide a secure future for his wife Juliann, Ryder (6), Shiloh (4), Tate (3), and Choice (18 mo). Please stand with us, our family, our community by signing this petition to enforce the prompt processing of his benefits. With your help, together we can make this change. Mayor and City Council, agreeing with the words on his bracelet that Andrew wore until he perished - you too now have the opportunity to "Be Better". Thank you, Tom Ashcraft
Provide air conditioning for your mail carriers
Mail carriers are battling the sweltering heat in the summers and are constantly being pushed and demands are high. Parcel volume is at a high level because of the convenience of online shopping, which of course is good for business. However, the Arizona summers get to be 120 degrees and the LLV's get about 20 degrees hotter than that. It is illegal to leave a child or an animal in a vehicle in these conditions, shouldn't the same be applied to us? I know I don't even have a place to cool down on my lunch break.
Outlaw hog vs. dog hunting/fighting in the wild
Goal: To outlaw the cruel and inhumane practice of using dogs to hunt wild boar in Florida, as well as in the 31 others states it's currently legal or have no laws on the books. Florida (as well as other states) has a wild boar problem. Hogs are numerous, omnivorous and have no natural predators, making them one of the largest nuisance pests in the state. There are many humane options for dealing with the pigs, which do not need to involve brutally killing the pigs or putting domesticated dogs in harm’s way. However, despite the existence of alternatives, Florida and other states have exempted the use of "bait-dogs" in boar hunting. This practice is incredibly dangerous and very inhumane for the dogs and boars involved. Each of the 32 states that allow this practice laws differ, but Florida animal cruelty statute states: FLORIDA ANIMALS: CRUELTY; SALES; ANIMAL ENTERPRISE PROTECTION: http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=0800-0899/0828/Sections/0828.122.html 828.122 Fighting or baiting animals; offenses; penalties.—(1) This act may be cited as “The Animal Fighting Act.”(2) As used in this section, the term:(a) “Animal fighting” means fighting between roosters or other birds or between dogs, bears, or other animals.(b) “Baiting” means to attack with violence, to provoke, or to harass an animal with one or more animals for the purpose of training an animal for, or to cause an animal to engage in, fights with or among other animals. In addition, “baiting” means the use of live animals in the training of racing greyhounds.(c) “Person” means every natural person, firm, copartnership, association, or corporation.(3) Any person who knowingly commits any of the following acts commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084:Baiting, breeding, training, transporting, selling, owning, possessing, or using any wild or domestic animal for the purpose of animal fighting or baiting; (9) This section shall not apply to:.....(e) Any person using dogs to hunt wild hogs or to retrieve domestic hogs pursuant to customary hunting or agricultural practices." The exception (e) makes NO logical sense, because dogs are trained to "hunt" by chasing, cornering, attacking and fighting. So, why is it illegal to cause a dog to fight another dog, or a pig in an enclosure, but it is legal to use dogs to chase and viciously attack pigs while being trained and in the wild? Boar hunting with dogs is exactly what it sounds like: dogs trained to track and attack. They are taken out into the country, or wherever wild hogs are plentiful, and set loose to sniff out hogs. Once a hog is found the dogs will chase it down, corner, bay and attack it, usually leaving it badly injured, but normally still alive. Hunters (when they catch up) will kill the pig, usually by "sticking," which is a prolonged death vs. the use of a proper gun. Wild hogs are incredibly difficult to kill and will put up a fight until the end. Many dogs involved are wounded by tusks, bitten, trampled and sometimes killed. This is basically animal fighting, in the wild. Putting dogs in such a dangerous situation is inhumane and should not be legal. PETITION LETTER: Wild boars are a major problem in Florida and in other states. The species has no natural predators, is omnivorous and repopulates very quickly: it is because of these traits that wild boars are a force hard to reckon with. There are many control methods used, some of them very inhumane. Currently it is legal for dogs to be used in wild hog hunting. This practice is extremely dangerous for the dogs involved and leads to inappropriate practices elsewhere. Dogs involved in hunting are likely to be seriously injured by the hogs. Dogs get trampled, bitten, pierced by tusks and may be infected with diseases that pigs carry. The hogs are frightened, outnumbered and suffer a painful death. I urge you to propose a ban on hunting wild pigs with dogs in order to put a stop to these inappropriate behaviors. Please consider other methods of wild pig population control, such as designating land for hogs to be displaced to, and controlling breeding of the species. Allowing dogs to hunt them is inhumane and unnecessary. Sincerely, [Your Name Here]
Congress: Let all children of U.S. military service members unite with their families!
I’m Jenifer Bass, a U.S. Navy veteran, who served for 10 years, one-third in the Asia-Pacific region. It was due to my travel between ports in countries like Japan and Thailand that I first encountered amerasian children, and descendants, of U.S. service members and civilian contractors previously stationed overseas. In the Philippines alone, more than 52,000-plus children were born and left behind after the U.S. Navy withdrew the last of its military personnel in 1992. Right now, the U.S. government won’t legally recognize them as U.S. citizens, despite having been born to an American parent. The Philippine Embassy won't help them either. Today, there are estimated to be more than 250,000-plus children. Many amerasians are caught in a no-man’s land of discrimination and poverty -- most left behind by U.S. service members who are unaware that they’ve fathered children overseas. My friend John Haines is one of these sailors. In 2011, John discovered he was the father of a half-Filipino daughter, Jannette. He attempted to unite with her through the American Homecoming Act -- but was frustrated to learn that the Act did not apply to Filipino children of U.S. service members. Today, all John wants is to be united with his daughter and grandchildren. He, like so many other veterans are living with a “hole in their hearts” as they search for ways to unite with their children. There is hope. The Uniting Families Act of 2017 creates a specialized visa allowing military veterans and eligible civilian contractors to sponsor their children and grandchildren for U.S. citizenship. Blood relationship must be proven by DNA test and the total number of visas granted will be capped at 5,000 each year. The issue takes on more urgency as so many of our veterans from our wars in Southeast Asia are getting older and dying each day -- without the chance to connect, or in some cases, reconnect with their own children. John’s daughter Jannette has already undertaken the DNA testing process, conclusively proving her relationship to her American father. All she’s waiting for is the opportunity to permanently unite with her father. There is a PBS documentary, "Left by the Ship" (2010), documenting a day in the life and the personal struggles as a Filipino amerasian on the never ending search for identity and their struggle to connect to their American military fathers. Please sign this petition to tell Congress that these families cannot wait another day. Pass the Uniting Families Act of 2017 now!
Recall Arizona Senator John McCain
Recall Arizona US Senator John McCain. The United States wants #NoMoreWar #NoWarWithRussia Sen McCain is trying to instigate a war with Russia, the US has enough young men and women in war zones now. Instead we need to work with countries like Russia though diplomatic means to advance freedom through out the world. We must consider for the best interests of the Us, that Sen McCain's way of instigating wars must be stopped. He is not listening, and no longer acting rational for the best interests of the US in the world. Press conferences acting as The General of War, when he never was a general. "We The People" want Senator John McCain "RECALLED" no longer to be an instigator of war on the US Senate Floor. Thank you
Make Declawing Cats ILLEGAL
Declawing a cat is the equivalent to not just ripping your finger nail out of your skin, but cutting off each of your fingers up to your last knuckle. This is because declawing a cat is NOT trimming its nails. Trimming a cat's nails will cause them to be less sharp and shorten them, but they will grow back, as ours do. When declawing a cat, the person preforming this torture is actually amputating the last bone of each toe. It's often done by amputating with a scalpel or guillotine clipper. From there the painful wounds are closed up either with stitches or surgical glue. The paws are then wrapped. Your cat now has to walk on these pained feet day in and day out as they slowly heal. Other methods, which aren't as common, could be using an intensely hot laser beam, that heats up and vaporizes the area. It is still cutting off the last bone of each toe. Or they can preform a tendonectomy. This is when the tendon controlling the toes is completely severed. The cat's claws remain but are forced to remain inside of their paws and can only be extended if someone were to press on the top of the paw and the bottom to force them from the area. But it isn't just the horrific pain you're causing your cat, but you are also taking away a natural defense. As a person who has run an animal rescue since 2012, I can not tell you how many people have told me they've lost their "indoor only" cat. Just because you PLAN to keep your cat indoors, and just because you are careful not to let your cat out, doesn't mean it will never happen. If you've got a declawed cat, its chances of survival have been dramatically reduced. Attacked by a dog? Its only weapon against the massive and powerful jaws of the typically much larger and strong dog, is the cat's small teeth - and it's tiny jaw opening. It no longer has its most useful form of defense: its claws. Or if chased, your cat may not be able to climb a tree, fence or wall and escape the attacker. It's also not safe from cruel humans - who unfortunately are probably far more common than you're aware. Something I hadn't even realized until I began my rescue. There's a large chance of infection, the pain of a very slow and agonizing recovery - in which the cat is forced to use the area in which the so called surgery has been preformed (imagine breaking your leg, being denied pain medication or a cast, and having no choice but to use that leg still every single day), an increased risk of lameness in the paws and legs and back pain, and more. Some of you may now be asking - but how do I protect myself? My children? My furniture and home from the scratching? SIMPLE. (1) Trim your cat's nails. MAKE SURE YOU ASK A VET HOW TO FIRST. This is because if you cut too far, you could cause bleeding that won't stop without assistance. You should do this once a month. If uncomfortable, ask a groomer or vet to do it. Many groomers charge just $5! (2) Make sure your cat has scratching posts and/or a cat tower/tree. Cats should instinctively know to use these instead of furniture. If you want to be absolutely sure, get some catnip too. This is also a fun treat for your feline friend! Sprinkle a little bit onto the new scratching post or cat tree and do so once or twice a week. HAVE SOME BUT YOUR CAT NO LONGER USES IT OR NEVER HAS? There's a few reasons for this. If your cat seems to have become bored of their scratcher or tree, move it. Research has proven that a cat may avoid a tree or scratching post if it's in a spot they don't like. This may be because it's too dark or too bright, near something that makes noise, or right beside or above a vent that's far too cold. Move it to a new location, sprinkle on some catnip and pick up your cat and show them where it's now at. You should move the scratcher or cat tower/tree every month or so. IS YOUR CAT SCRATCHING YOU? FURNITURE? CARPET? Use soft plastic caps, easily found at most pet stores - including PetSmart or Pet Co. - or at your vet's office. They slip onto your cat's nails so that they can still use their claws as they want to, without causing any damage or pain. While using these nail caps (which are easily slipped on and off by you), use something that smells of either menthol or citrus in the area they scratch. Find something with that smell that you can spray on the furniture or area of carpet they're scratching. Cats hate the smell of citrus and menthol and should begin to quickly learn to avoid that area. And/Or have a spray bottle handy near that area so if you catch your cat doing it, spray them. Or try clapping your hands once - loudly - and yelling, chasing them off. Or use something that makes a loud scary noise. You can also try putting a strange texture on the area such as foil or double sided tape. Cats don't like strange and unknown textures and can quickly learn to avoid that area. If your cat is scratching people, it may be because it hates being picked up. Not all cats enjoy being picked up because they no longer feel in control and feel very insecure. If your cat is scratching because you/someone else is picking it up, stop making your pet so uncomfortable and fearful. Or maybe your cat scratches after being pet after a certain amount of time. Animals show signs before they're about to attack. It may be subtle or quite noticeable. Cats' nails will twitch side to side or even sometimes in circles when irritated. Their skin may tense up and they will often make some sort of noise - not like the common meow, but more of an irritated high pitch whine. If your cat does any of these things, stop what you're doing and leave them alone until ready for attention once more. The point is this: there is absolutely NO reason whatsoever you "have to" declaw your cat to be able to keep it while keeping your home or self or others safe and undamaged. There is ALWAYS something else you can do. Declawing a cat is TORTURE. There is no way to deny that. It is an extremely painful process, followed by an extremely painful and slow recovery. Your cat has no say in this horrific procedure - which can cause forever damage both mentally and physically; whether immediate or in the future. Please sign this petition so that we can end declawing cats here in Arizona. But Arizona is only the first stop. From here we can fight to end declawing all over the United States and possibly even elsewhere. We as humans must speak up for those who can't speak for themselves. We must protect those who can not protect themselves. So help me help them and save future cats from this barbaric act. * CAN'T HANDLE THE CLAWS? YOU CAN'T HANDLE A CAT. DON'T OWN A CAT IF YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE CLAWS. IT'S THAT SIMPLE. AND IF YOU WOULDN'T WANT IT DONE TO DO, DON'T DO IT TO YOUR PET. *
Remove the penalty that prevents people with disabilities from marrying!
When we think of marriage equality, we think about the ongoing fight LGBT couples face, but another minority group must deal with the stark reality that they are better off living in long-term committed relationships, without marriage. Like LGBT couples, these couples are denied the right to over 1,100 rights afforded to married couples. They have been denied access into their loved ones hospital rooms, faced family disputes over wills and have been denied spousal benefits from their partners workplace or the government in the event of their partners death. These are people with disabilities. Many people rely on the government for medical and financial assistance. Without medical insurance they would have no way to live independently. They would be forced into nursing homes (some already are), which would cost the government significantly more than getting Medicare and/or Medicaid does. At the same time, this assistance comes with a price. The government expects married couples to share income and that affects any assistance the couple receives. For many, their spouse makes too much (even if they make meager SSDI payments). This cuts into the healthcare services these couples receive. For some, their able-bodied partners make too much to allow them to qualify for medical assistance, if married, but not enough to pay out of pocket for costly medical equipment, medicine, or any other needs the disabled partner has. Add in the fact that even when a person with a disability can work, the opportunity for quality medical insurance is hard to find, due to their pre-existing condition and you will understand why many couples with disabilities are forced to live in domestic partnerships. Also, if two people with disabilities marry and they are on SSI or SSDI, their payments are CUT significantly, making it hard for them to maintain independence and afford their own food, shelter, clothing or other necessities. The time to stand up is now!! Let your Senators and Representatives know you want to remove the income caps placed on individuals with disabilities, so they can keep the government assistance and still be able to get married. Every loving couple deserves the right to marry. No one should have to choose between their wheelchair and their love, their therapy and their love, their medication and their love, their ability to eat or have a roof over their head and their love!! Those are not choices!! Help make it possible for those with disabilities to share their love without being penalized!Join our fight for marriage equality for people with disabilities:https://www.facebook.com/MarriageEqualityForPeopleWithDisabilities
Require Amazon to Collect and Remit Sales Tax For All FBA (Fulfilled By Amazon) Sales
Please require Amazon to collect and remit sales tax for all FBA (fulfilled by Amazon) purchases. Requiring the hundreds of thousands of small businesses to register in every state and collect and remit in all applicable states is not practical -- it is a complex, heavy financial burden on small businesses and it is causing states to lose billions of dollars in tax revenue each year. With E-commerce now playing such a big role in the local economies, and with Amazon being THE major player, it is time for new legislation to be passed so that these matters can be properly addressed, removing any doubt regarding State sales tax liability and nexus -- especially as it relates to Amazon FBA and similar programs. If Amazon FBA was recognized as consignment, from a sales tax perspective, as it should be, then this would solve a lot of the associated issues that we are currently seeing. Laws vary from state-to-state, but most states require that the consignee (the store, or, Amazon in this case) should collect and remit sales tax. Arguments regarding consignment, who the seller really is and who the 'supplier' is: 1. FBA 'Suppliers' (as they should be called, and not FBA 'sellers') do not choose how/where their products are stored/shipped. 2. Commission is paid to Amazon on each unit sold. 3. FBA 'suppliers' must adhere to Amazon policy. Suppliers do not have the right to refuse sale/shipment without consequence and do not collect any money on transactions (all transactions are handled and controlled by Amazon, the store owner, with the supplier having no participation in said transactions). 4. FBA 'suppliers' have no real relationship with the customer as nearly all communication is prohibited as per Amazon (this relationship is owned and controlled by Amazon, the real seller). 5. Amazon provides advertising for products that they sell, including FBA products. Suppliers have no say in that message or how it's presented. 6. Amazon charges a 'monthly, rental fee' (FBA subscription fee) to display FBA products at their property, as well as additional fees for special exposure (e.g. special ad types or brand page vs. window or end-cap at front of store), as well as additional fees for how the product may be presented (e.g. videos on listing vs. in-store display). 7. Product ownership does not transfer to Amazon (the store owner), but sits on Amazon's shelves until a buyer is found...at which point, the buyer should pay the appropriate sales tax (Amazon/the store owner, is responsible for collecting and remitting this, as they handle all transactions with the end-buyer and own the property where all merchandise is stored and sold). 8. et al. Amazon should be charging and then remitting the sales tax to all applicable states -- not the FBA seller. Not only would this eliminate any argument about complexity or what constitutes nexus amid the varying, questionable and ever-changing interpretations that each state has established, but convincing the States to get behind it should be easy if they only had to pursue one entity (Amazon), in lieu of the hundreds of thousands of small businesses that currently operate within the US marketplace. It is estimated that the majority of the FBA sellers that sell on the Amazon-US marketplace are operating on foreign soil, and do not have a legal entity that is locally established inside of the United States. How are the states going to force compliance if a foreign seller, using a foreign bank account, is operating outside of the jurisdiction of local law? This poses serious problems and creates an environment of unfair competition if foreign sellers can offer products 10% cheaper due to not having to collect and remit sales tax. If Amazon were required to collect and remit on all FBA sales, not only would this reduce costs, man hours and complexity etc., but it would be a lot easier to ensure compliance and remittance. States could get the tax dollars that they desperately need, instead of missing out as they do now. If things continue as they are, States will waste tons of money auditing individual sellers and pursuing legal action, all, unnecessarily. Since Amazon has decided to take full custody of its customer base and is essentially acting as consignment, this should put sales tax liability on Amazon's shoulders, not on FBA sellers. Since FBA sellers are currently required to collect and remit for all states where they are deemed to have a substantial nexus, then, in order to do that, they must first register their business in that State, apply for permits etc., and admit to having a substantial nexus. Just having a single box of inventory in one of Amazon's warehouses will be sufficient for establishing nexus for most applicable states. Amazon may move inventory around, however they see fit, and in doing so, will force FBA sellers to have nexus in those states, oftentimes, unknowingly. Once nexus is established for a particular state, it applies to ALL subsequent sales to that State -- so, if a seller wants to sell something on Ebay, and the buyer is located in the nexus state, then that seller would need to collect and remit sales tax, even if that inventory was stored in and shipped from their home. If FBA sellers are required to register in all of the applicable states and admit that they have a substantial nexus, they would then potentially be subject to Corporate/State income taxes for that state, use-tax for all products/services, franchise taxes, non-resident taxes, opportunity taxes and other, associated fees/taxes etc.. If non-local businesses have to admit that they have substantial nexus due to a single box of inventory, and if they have to remit in the same way (or worse) as a local business that is actually operating out of that state, then what other tax implications and responsibilities will they be subjecting themselves to? And wouldn't this put undue burden on FBA sellers? And isn't that illegal? Please require Amazon to collect and remit sales tax for all FBA (fulfilled by Amazon) purchases. Thank you.
End Rodeos in Arizona
Rodeos have been around, for hundreds of years; they have been around for people to abuse animals, for the sole purpose of entertainment. These animals should not be wrestled, to be choked, to be body slammed, to be electrically prodded, or to be ridden on. There is no need to continue a tradition where animals break bones, tear tendons, hurt joints, endure any pain, or are even killed. As well as the animals, people have been killed while particpating in these events, as well as people attending them. Rodeos are acts of animal cruelty, are inhumane, and need to be stopped. Help make Arizona a more compassionate place to live.
Pass Senator Juan Mendez's bill to require presidential candidates to submit tax returns.
Donald Trump's refusal to make his tax returns public is unprecedented. Every major presidential candidate in the last 40 years has done this and Trump himself has stated over and over that he would do the same. And yet, even though 74% of Americans think it's important he release them, he still hasn't done so. But states can take action to force the release of the president's tax returns by passing legislation making their release a requirement to be on that state's ballot. That's why I'm calling on Arizona to pass a "TRUMP Tax Act." Sign this petition if you agree Arizona should require presidential candidates to release their tax returns in order to be on the ballot.