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Stop Breed Specific Legislation in Arkansas

The national trend is moving steadily away from breed-specific legislation (BSL) and toward breed neutral laws that hold all owners equally accountable for the humane care, custody and control of their dogs. The list of states that are considering and passing legislation to preempt municipalities from passing BSL continues to grow. BSL is a discriminatory law or ordinance that prohibits or restricts the keeping of dogs of specific breeds, dogs presumed to be specific breeds, mixes of specific breeds, and/or dogs presumed to be mixes of specific breeds. The trend reflects a growing understanding that regulating dogs on the basis of breed or physical description does not reduce dog bites. Most importantly, studies continue to show that one kind of dog is no more likely to threaten or bite a human being than another. The American Bar Association has urged the repeal of all BSL. The White House also opposes BSL and released a statement saying, “research shows that bans on certain types of dogs are largely ineffective and often a waste of public resources.” No major national organizations endorse BSL, including the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Centers for Disease Control, the Humane Society of the United States, the National Animal Control Association, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The tide has turned against BSL and communities are implementing policies that hold all dog owners responsible for the humane care, custody, and control of their dogs, regardless of breed or appearance. Building safer and more humane communities requires multifactorial approaches focusing on improved ownership and husbandry practices, better understanding of dog behavior, education of parents and children regarding safety around dogs, and consistent enforcement of dangerous dog/reckless owner ordinances in communities.

Terri Lindsey
42,880 supporters
Petitioning Donald Trump, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Department of Veterans Affairs, Alabama State Senate, Alabama State House, Alabama Governor, Florida State Senate, Florida State House, Flo...

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. Filipino Amerasians are abandoned and neglected biracial children of Filipino mothers and American fathers (mostly members of the US armed forces). 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. As a former US colony between 1898 and 1946, the Philippines was home to millions of US soldiers and their dependents, even after its independence. Until 1992, the country hosted two of the largest US military facilities outside the US – Clark Air Base and Subic Naval Base, which played major roles during the Vietnam and first Gulf wars. In 1982 US Public Law 97-359, or the Amerasian Act of 1982, allowed children from Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Kampuchea, or Thailand to move to the US and eventually become American citizens, but those who were from the Philippines were excluded from the law, an exclusion which was upheld by the US Senate on the basis that many Filipino Amerasians were “conceived from illicit affairs and prostitution”, and were born during peacetime. 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 2018, HR 1520, creates a specialized visa allowing military veterans and eligible civilian contractors to sponsor their children and grandchildren for U.S. citizenship. Currently, 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 struggles to connect to their American military families. Please sign this petition to tell Congress that these families cannot wait another day. Pass the Uniting Families Act of 2017, HR 1520, now!

Jenifer Bass
33,374 supporters
Petitioning Asa Hutchinson, Arkansas Governor, Arkansas State Senate, Arkansas State House, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Melissa Stone, Jim Hendren, Charlie Collins, Cecile Bledscoe, ...

Arkansas votes to decrease therapy for special needs children. Let me tell you why not.

So, Arkansas is voting to reduce the amount of therapies for children with special needs? This is absolutely outrageous and disheartening for a so many reasons.When Aidan was first diagnosed with Mosaic Down syndrome at six month of age I was not a nurse - I was a very worried parent who did lots of research attempting to find out what to do to give my child the best chance possible in life. During this research I became upset knowing that he had missed the first part of his life for the opportunity to receive physical, occupational, and speech therapies. Early intervention through these therapies is key in helping kids with special needs in their development.First of all, as parents of a special needs child I feel we have done everything thus far we can to help Aidan reach his maximum potential. Since the age of 18 months we have sent Aidan to an amazing school in Little Rock called Access, that provides him with the help and therapy he needs to assist in development. While you would think that a child diagnosed with Down syndrome would have plenty of opportunity for therapy funding, this is not true. Primary insurance does not pay for therapy services, which means that in addition to a primary insurance we must pay out of pocket for a type of Arkansas Medicaid insurance called TEFRA that does cover therapy services. The combination of both the private special needs school and TEFRA insurance is not an insignificant cost, in fact, I feel terrible for those individuals that have kids with special needs who do not have the luxury to afford a wonderful school like Access. To qualify for therapy services each child must be evaluated biannually to determine (per Medicaid standards) wether or not they "qualify" for these services. Just last year Aidan did not qualify for any physical therapy, even though he continuously scores extremely low on these evaluations. The "qualifications" remain so high, that even if a child is considered on a less than "profoundly delayed" level, therapy services may be reduced or denied. To give you an idea of how instrumental therapy has been for Aidan - I can tell a drastic difference just talking to Aidan in his goals, objectives, and therapy styles from the speech therapist he had a few months ago verses the one he currently has. I could also tell a significant difference in when Aidan received one hour of physical therapy a week verses none.If a child must be profoundly delayed to receive therapy services, how much more can you raise the bar to disqualify children for these necessary services?I cannot imagine why, of all things, Arkansas would choose to cut funding for this incredibly important service, especially when most individuals who are trying to give their children the best chance possible and already have unimaginable struggles ahead of them.

Kimberly Hines
10,603 supporters
Petitioning President of the United States

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:

Dominick Evans
6,864 supporters
Petitioning Alabama State House, Alaska State House, Arizona State House, Arkansas State House, California State House, Colorado State House, Hawaii State House, Idaho State House, Illinois State House, Indian...

Save Lives: Require Spinal Muscular Atrophy Newborn Screening

August is Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Awareness Month. Please join our efforts to require SMA newborn screening, and help end the deadly effects of SMA.  About SMA: •  SMA is the number one genetic killer of babies and children under the age of two.•  SMA is a motor neuron disease like ALS.•  SMA robs the ability to move, swallow, and eventually breathe. •  One in 40 unknowingly carries the gene responsible for SMA.•  When two carriers have a baby, there is a 25% chance the baby will have SMA, a 50% chance the baby will be a carrier, and a 25% chance the baby will be unaffected.•  One in 10,000 babies is born with SMA.  The FDA approved Spinraza as the first treatment for SMA on December 23, 2016. However, newborns continue to go untreated when they would receive the most benefit, as no states are performing SMA newborn screening. Newly diagnosed Type 1 SMA babies treated with Spinraza didn't lose their ability to move, swallow, and breathe, but instead gained strength. Some even crawled and took steps — steps away from the deadly effects of SMA. Newborn babies treated within the first two weeks never lost abilities to SMA, and developed as average babies do. They crawl, eat, stand, and walk. Only newborns with older SMA siblings have been treated this way, as their parents knew to screen for SMA. Every newborn needs to be screened for SMA, so babies born with SMA can develop just as babies without SMA do.  For this to happen, SMA needs to be added to the Recommended Uniform Screening Panel (RUSP), states need to require SMA newborn screening, and funding needs to be provided for SMA newborn screening. The Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children (Committee) is scheduled to vote to add SMA to the RUSP at its February, 2018 meeting. Once the Committee votes favorably to add SMA to the RUSP, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will add SMA to the RUSP. This is an important step, as many states look to the RUSP when adding new conditions to screen for. This petition will be delivered to both the Committee, and the Secretary of HHS. States also need to require newborn screening, as the RUSP is only a recommendation, it does not mandate states to test for conditions. We will continue to pursue SMA newborn screening in every state, and this petition will help our efforts. Missouri is the only state to enact newborn screening legislation, and will begin screening for SMA in January of 2019. Federal and state funds are also needed to begin and continue SMA newborn screening. This petition will help us as we advocate for funding with the appropriate federal and state congressional members. Act Now: With an FDA-approved treatment, it is urgent we secure SMA newborn screening. Newborn babies treated within the first two weeks will have the best chance at progressing as they would without SMA. Every baby born with SMA should be afforded this life-saving treatment. Please sign our petition urging Committee to vote to add SMA to the RUSP, urging states to require SMA newborn screening, and urging federal and state congressional members to provide funding for SMA newborn screening.   

Hunter Has Hope
2,107 supporters
Petitioning State Senate, Arkansas State Senate, Arkansas State House

Put an End to Puppy Mills

If we all, as the public, get together and put an end to puppy and kitten mills we could provide a better environment to the puppies and kittens roaming freely in the wild, by rescuing them. The whole purpose of a puppy/kitten mill is to generate revenue by constant reproduction of offsprings. As a result, these actions put the health of the puppies and kittens at risk. By not buying puppies or kittens from the mills we can put them out of business. This will give the puppies and kittens a better opportunity in life and bring joy to their owners. 

Maricela Hernandez
1,743 supporters
Petitioning U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, President of the United States, United States Supreme Court, James Clyburn, Mike Thompson, Alabama State House, Alabama State Senate, Alaska State Senate...

Ban Assault Rifles in the US

Note: This petition is supporting an improved version of the original federal Assault Weapons Ban. Now, when gun violence is running rampant in our country, when 96 innocent Americans are fatally shot every day, when countless citizens are forced to live their lives in fear - we know that it is not the time to stay silent, it is the time to act. The deadliest shootings in US history were all committed using an AR-15. Just imagine the countless innocent lives that would have been saved ... and now will be once this ban is enacted. During the original ban on these weapons beginning in 1994, school shooting victims were reduced by 54.4%, and the number of overall mass shootings decreased sharply. When the ban expired, however, the number of mass shootings in the US nearly tripled. With an improved version of this ban, it is only obvious that even more lives will be saved. These weapons cause immense tissue destruction, when compared to other guns, and easily pulverize multiple large organs on impact with only a single bullet. In fact, Ernest Moore, an award-winning trauma surgeon and avid hunter for over 40 years stated that these rifles were, "designed to deliver fatal wounds to multiple individuals within a short time period; having no other purpose." The only possible argument for keeping these weapons would be the constitutionality of the issue, however, this argument is fictitious, as they are not actually protected by the second amendment. With the power of jurisdiction, federal courts have ruled four times that bans on assault weapons were constitutional. In fact, no federal appeals court has ever ruled that assault weapons were protected by the second amendment. This clearly depicts how a ban on assault weapons would not infringe on anyone's rights.  Now, we as a country must make a choice. We can choose a safer future for our children, a future where we have the right to feel secure in our schools and communities, and a future where dozens of innocents are not slaughtered daily. Or, we can choose to do nothing. We can choose to sit back and watch our children shot down, and mass shootings become only more pervasive. But I have faith in our country's people. I believe that we, the citizens of the United States, will make the right choice, the choice for survival. I believe that we will stand together and against all odds, prevail. With this in mind, I strongly urge you to stand with us, to stand on the right side of history and to support this petition to prohibit assault rifles in our country. Sincerely, a student concerned about our nation's future,Lela Tolajian

Lela Tolajian
1,200 supporters
Petitioning Arkansas State Senate, Arkansas State House, Arkansas Governor, Rick Crawford, Asa Hutchinson, Steve Womack, John Boozman, Tom Cotton, Joe Jett, Arkansas, Douglas House, Bob Ballinger, French Hill

Ban or limit field burning in Arkansas

Millions of metric tons of smoke and burnt chemicals fill the air in Arkansas during the fall months due to field burning. Thousands upon thousands of acres of rice straw is set ablaze every year, causing a huge air quality issue in the state. Along with the straw, an untold amount of pesticide, herbacid, insecticide, and fertilizer is burned off as well. The smoke is so plentiful that it envelopes the entire flat lands in a thick, off-white and brown fog. This mass of smoke is torture for people with lung problems like CF or COPD, as well as those suffering from allergies and/or asthma. These people become prisoners in their own homes, and can't leave for fear of their health. The smoke is so bad that simply walking outside for a short time can make your clothes stink like you were rolling around in ashes. Animals sneeze, children at recess hack and cough, and everyone complains about their noses, lungs, and throats burning, as well as headaches. Some schools have even forbid children from going to recess outside during burn months because of the air quality. Police are having to be utilized while fields are on fire to direct traffic because the burns bring visibility to near zero on major roads and interstates. We've had quite a few major car accidents because of it every year. We want the state of Arkansas to pass a ban on field burning, or to make burning extremely regulated and carry hefty fees such as a specified amount per acre. We also want farmers to be forced to abide by burn bans, paying a fine of no less than $10,000 if they are found to be ignoring burn bans during dry weather. We want farmers to use much safer, and proven ecological farming techniques that most other states have adopted. If farmers must burn fields after paying the applicable fees and pulling permits, we want officials (fire crew) to be present at each controlled burn, and make sure it is set appropriately, looked after, and successfully kept within specifications. No more citizens worrying about their houses being burned down, and having to put fires out in their land because a field burn has spread to them. We need to keep "The Natural State" natural, and give our citizens the right to breath fresh air. There ARE better ways, and farmers need to get with the times, and be held accountable.   #ARCleanAir

Fresh Air
720 supporters
Petitioning Louisiana State House, Louisiana State Senate, Arkansas State Senate, Arkansas State House, Tennessee State House, Tennessee State Senate, Florida State Senate, Florida State House, Alabama State S...

Remove "In God We Trust" from Public Schools

According to an article by, "Six primarily Southern states — Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, Florida, Alabama and Arizona — have approved legislation since last year explicitly requiring or allowing public schools to display the words 'In God We Trust'... States such as [Kentucky,] South Carolina, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Oklahoma have proposed similar bills" ( This is a blatant contradiction to the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment, which states that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." Especially in public schools, in which students are 1) impressionable; and 2) do not possess the appropriate knowledge or life experience to decide on religious beliefs for themselves, this bold assertion of religious endorsement should absolutely not be displayed in public schools across the country -- not to mention, it is equally as inappropriate to force religious association upon school staff members and families. It is time for the United States government to hold true to its secular foundation, which accommodates to individuals who hold a vast spectrum of religious beliefs and others who hold no religious beliefs at all. Federal legislation barring the states from using such glaring methods of discrimination and intimidation in the name of religion must be passed as long as we want to continue to pride ourselves on being "the Home of the Free." Freedom of religion implies freedom from religion.

Raghen Lucy
701 supporters
Petitioning Donald J. Trump, Paul D. Ryan, Doug Jones, Richard C. Shelby, Dan Sullivan, Jeff Flake, Jon Kyl, John Boozman, Tom Cotton, Dianne Feinstein, Kamala D. Harris, Michael F. Bennet, Cory Gardner, Richa...

Privacy Law and Stop Persecution

Respectfully requesting votes for the 3 petition links at bottom of this page to update U.S. Congress Bill S. 193, Control Human Testing, 105th Congress, 1st Session. Petition Summary:  Persecution is unethical, immoral, and illegal. Legal proof is in The United States Constitution, ethics books, love stories, and the Bible, all exist purely as a testament of enlightenment to eliminate and prevent persecution. Any leader, person or society that persecutes simply has an unhealthy mind-set and will be judged by their descendants as so. Therefore, please support in all positive ways possible to enforce and create laws that protect every citizen against the sharing of anyone’s privacy outside protected government departments and to stop all forms of persecution, psychological or physical, that deprives anyone of “life, liberty, property, or effects” by the public, government, corporation, secret society, any group, or any individual, that defames anyone’s sphere-of-influence with libel or slander that is gathered through any means, particularly rumor, perception, snooping, brainwashing, gangstalking, or Psychotic fMRI technology that reads private brainwave thoughts, gps location, through-wall thermal body-imaging, cardio-health metrics, or any other future technology. The Petition:  There is a wide-scale public persecution crisis using gangstalking and brainwashing with Psychotronic fMRI that demoralizes humanity and adversely affects a peaceful culture. America enforces a no persecution policy in other countries, but is illegally persecuting their own citizens. The foundation of America’s Constitutional Law is to protect every citizen’s ”life, liberty, property, and personal ‘thought’ effects” from persecution, search, and seizure, but apparently it does not protect against the sharing of your privacy to the public, corporations, news-media, and secret groups that persecute, gangstalk, brainwash, demean, deprive, and cause pain and suffering, up to and including death. Unethical users of new technology are violating Constitutional Law by sharing citizen’s brainwave thoughts with fMRI Psychotronics, mapped GPS location, through-wall thermal body images, and cardio-EKG-health metrics. Per Article IV of the U.S. Constitution, we have “the right to be secure in our persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures” and Article V states, “we can not be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of the law.” Therefore, it is our legal right to travel freely on “liberty” without persecutors illegally accessing and sharing our mapped “location.” Our private, nonverbal brainwave thoughts are our personal “effects” and in our secure “person-property” brain, where if searched, brainwashed, and shared, it “affects” our “liberty” free-will thinking and our healthy livelihood “life,” therefore, fMRI Psychotronic brainwave tampering is illegal. Persecutors are not allowed to poison our mind “liberty” with brainwashing either, just as no one is allowed to poison our food “property,” which affects our healthy “life” and “liberty.” Federal laws also include our work-life effects from our “financial-papers” and our sphere-of-influence “liberty” “effects” that make up our social “life.” Article VI states, we have the “right to a speedy and public trial, nature of accusation, and have a compulsory process for obtaining witnesses,” so investigators shall not place suspects on stand-by to be processed years later after alibis are lost, which is “cruel and unusual punishment” per Article VIII. Sharing of brainwave thoughts, particularly while being accused of a crime, is ethically considered cruel and unusual punishment as well. America has a healthy, “innocent until proven guilty” legal system, however, some have a secret agenda to use secret societies to persecute citizen’s with a pessimistic “guilty until proven innocent” mentality. Therefore, speedy-trial law, privacy law, and anti-persecution law are extremely important to create a healthy legal culture and society that has an efficient, non-retaliation process of reporting your wrongdoing. It’s in everyone’s best interest to clear all citizen’s as quickly as possible with an innocent, optimistic mentality, rather than focusing on a small, close-minded sample, which increases error rate of actual criminals evading detection. I propose everyone’s privacy data like gps, health metrics, social-media, credit-card, work-time reporting, home-business security video, etc be saved for a lifetime, so no surprises occur years later. The benefit of future technology, is that every innocent citizen should be cleared instantly and most all crimes solved quickly. If technology is used properly, citizens shall never know that their thoughts are being read, unless due process of law begins, and due process shall be efficient, as speedy trial to minimize persecution perception issues and negative side-effects or loss to their sphere-of-influence that would not occur if they had not been violated. Persecution originates from religion and many prejudices associated with human nature’s 7 deadly sins, therefore, I’m for government protecting all religions and people, as long as religions, government and people do not persecute anyone. Hence, I’m for the separation of church and state, so the state can protect all religions and people without prejudice or favoritism. Persecution has a art-of-war, divide and conquer strategy to destroy one’s sphere-of-influence. Tactics include, illegal sharing of privacy to social networks using bully authority to instill fear and create humiliation and suffering by using marketing propaganda, repetitive annoying actions, sounds, and conversations, and any repetitive strategy to create high-frequency brainwave frustration to break them and then spread perception of fear to make others, typically lemmings, scared of them, so they can then have power over others to win social manipulation. A legal clause is hereby adjudicated and sworn by all people of healthy mindset that no future authority or democracy shall be permitted to allow persecution because it would simply indicate a unhealthy cultural mind-set. Thanks for your support. Please vote & share the 3 links: Petition 1: Privacy & Stop Persecution Petition 2: Facebook Remove Holocaust Denial Petition 3: Change False Diagnosis of fMRI

Daniel Gowen
649 supporters
Recognize Sentimental Value of Pets in the State of Arkansas

Elisa, thank you so much for reaching out to me on this. First let me say that I am so sorry for the loss of Lhasa Apso. It can be traumatic anytime you lose a pet, but it sounds like your loss may have been particularly tragic. Generally speaking, I want you to know that I fully recognize and appreciate the value of pets in our lives. I have had dogs in my life since I was six, and they have always been beloved members of the family. I also want to thank you for providing the example in the Tennessee Code. Can you also cite me to the provision in the Arkansas Code that defines a pet as property and to any other provisions addressing this issue? I am very happy to take a look and see if there is anything we can do. Please understand that the first time any legislator could propose a change to a statute is unfortunately not until January 2017. The good news is that gives us plenty of time to get our act together to determine if changing the law in Arkansas is viable right now and what our best approach might be. Please feel free to reach out to me directly to discuss this if you would like. Again, thank you so much for your help and support, and I'm so sorry for your family's loss. Clarke

— Clarke Tucker, State Representative
3 years ago