Indiana State House
Indiana State House
Change Indiana State Ordinance for domestic animals in extreme cold
Indiana's state laws for domestic animals in extreme weather are not sufficient. Certain counties have ordinances stating domestic animals must be brought inside if the outside temperature is below 20 degrees Fahrenheit. Others do not. This needs to be a state-wide law punishable by law if not complied with. There also needs to be changes in laws regarding what is adequate shelter and housing for domestic animals outdoors. This law also needs to apply to breeders. Currently, in Arcadia, IN, there is a German Shepherd Dog breeder who has upwards of 20 or more dogs in kennels outside, with an Igloo dog house as a shelter. At this moment, the temperature in Indiana is -10 degrees Fahrenheit with wind chill of -45 degrees Fahrenheit. According to Indiana state laws for breeders, it is humane for dogs to be outside in this extreme cold. According to Indiana state laws, the breeder is compliant. While this may be sustainable for the German Shepherd Dog, it is not sustainable for all breeds. Therefore, the laws must be revisited. After the town became outraged, the people of Arcadia, IN feel a change needs to made. The animals, and all domestic animals, deserve a change in the state laws. We ask that the ordinance Marion county holds become a LAW to bring animals inside when temperatures are below 20 degrees Fahrenheit and be constructed state-wide. Breeders MUST have an indoor kennel sufficient for all ages and breeds of domestic animals during times of extreme weather, if the animals cannot be in the home/business. If these laws are not followed the offender will be punished by law (to be decided by officials). State regulations/ordinances/laws can be found at in.gov/boah (Indiana State Board of Animal Health) under the Commercial Dog Breeder Statute IC 15-21
Brian A Clark: Drop Charges against Connersville Police Officer and his wife
Jeff and Jennifer Counceller thought were doing the right thing when they saved the life of an injured baby deer they found near their home in Indiana. But because they didn't have a permit, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is prosecuting them and they could face up to 60 days in prison. The DNR should drop these charges now. When they found the fawn on a neighbor’s porch in 2010, she was badly injured with puncture wounds that were infected and had maggots in them. Jennifer, a registered nurse and wound caretaker for the couple’s dogs and horses took the deer home and named it Dani and began nursing the deer back to health. When they called the DNR they were told to return the deer to the wild and let nature take it’s course. That would have been a death sentence for the deer. Instead, they tried to find Dani a home at animal rescue operations, petting zoos and deer farms, but no one would take her. The Counceller's decided to keep caring for the deer until it was strong enough to make it on it’s own in the wild. This past summer the DNR started an investigation into the situation and a DNR official recommended they get a permit to rehabilitate Dani. The DNR then denied the permit application and then said the deer would have to killed. Just before DNR officials arrived at the Counceller's house to kill Dani she escaped through a gate that was left open. Now, the DNR has assigned a special prosecutor to the case and they're charging both Jeff and Jennifer with illegal possession of a white-tailed deer. Jeff is a police officer and Jennifer is a nurse - these are good people who were just trying to the right thing by saving an injured animal. They don't deserve to go to jail and the DNR should drop all charges against them. We're asking that you sign the petition and also join the fight on our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/connersvillecharges
Protect Drivers from the Dangers of Carbon Monoxide: Pass Savannah's Law
In 2015, My wife and I lost our daughter, Savannah. She was with her boyfriend, heading to the mall like a typical teenager when Savannah suddenly passed out. Her boyfriend tried to go to the hospital, but he too passed out. Only one of them ever woke up. Savannah had been overcome by carbon monoxide poisoning. In our grief, we struggled to understand how this could happen. We discovered that a simple emissions test would have detected the issue and prevented her death. It was a fact that was hard to come to terms with, and now we want to make sure such a tragic, preventable loss doesn’t happen to anyone else’s loved one. We are proposing Savannah’s Law to require all cars on the road to get a proper emissions test. Our first goal is to get the law passed in our home state of Indiana, where Savannah passed away. Emissions tests are needed to detect deterioration and rust, especially as a car gets older. The older the car, the higher the risk of there being an emissions issue that could lead to tragedy. This is what happened to Savannah. There were no warning signs. Without an emissions test, there was no way to know the car had become a ticking time bomb. Savannah’s Law would require all cars 10 years old or less, to get a biannual emissions test. Vehicles older than 10 years would have annual tests. Currently, only two counties in all of Indiana require any kind of emissions testing. These patchwork emissions testing requirements are an issue across the country, and it is costing lives. Please help us protect people from vehicles with deadly carbon monoxide leaks. Not only will we save lives, but we will improve air quality. Sign our petition asking the Indiana legislature and governor to pass Savannah’s Law.
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!
Allow Hoosiers access to CBD Oil from Industrial Hemp
CBD Oil from Industrial Hemp is NOT a gateway to Medical Marijuana, and is in no way shape or form derived from Marijuana. This is a supplement that should be readily available for our Hoosiers as it is in other states. Our Hoosiers are responding with overwhelming positive results from using CBD Oil, and since this has no THC and is not psychoactive, it should be readily available to us. We also need to support the economic impact that our small businesses will bring to our state by being able to move forward with this industry. With continuous opinions coming from members of government in Indiana, we as citizens are now required to unite and let our legislators know what we want. Earlier in the year we heard Indiana State Police memo that stated "Commercial products manufactured from industrial hemp are lawful to possess and sell in Indiana. A short list of these products may include, but are not limited to, hemp rope, hemp hand lotions, CBD oil, hemp shoes and other clothing articles manufactured from industrial hemp. Keep this information in mind in the event you encounter such products in the course of your duties, and remember these products are lawful to purchase and possess." Then yesterday we hear the opinion of the Attorney General stating he believes that CBD is unlawful to sell or possess. While this is just an opinion and interpretation of the law, this brings up more than ever the fact that we need the voice of our citizens on this topic. This all comes from confusing verbiage within Indiana Code and this is what we need to clean up.
Make CBD oil legal in Indiana.
Many of the people of Indiana use CBD oil to treat many different conditions and ailments. It does not produce a high effect like marijuana. It helps with pain which is a God send in the midst of this opioid crisis. Please sign this petition. It is our county, our state. You have no idea how losing the access to this oil will impact my family and others. It would be devastating. Please act now.
Release Ronald Lee Sanford
Ronald L Sanford has been imprisoned for nearly 3 decades for a crime he committed at the age of 13. He was sentenced at 15 to 170 years in prison, so he is eligible for parole at age 100. The heinous crime, a double homicide, was committed by Ronald and an older boy when their plan to earn money for the fair by cutting grass was interrupted. The boys ended up with $5 after robbing and murdering two elderly women. The older boy was arrested first, immediately bacame a witness for the prosecutors, blamed Ronald (2 years younger), and was out of prison in 2 years. I was made aware of his case and situation by the Trevor McDonald documentary on Indiana State Prisons Death Row. This is a heinous sentencing, a 15 year old sentenced to die in prison is an incredible infringement of his human rights. If you are interested in Ronald Sanford, watch the YouTube videos and see for yourself, this man has had his life taken away for the crimes and wrong doings of a child, stop this miscarriage of justice!
ALL MISSING CHILDREN SHOULD BE CONSIDERED ENDANGERED
PETITION FOR NATIONAL STANDARDS FOR MISSING CHILDREN We call on the United States Department of Justice, United States Congress, Legislators and House of Representatives to review current national guidelines and requirements for the reporting and investigation of all missing children cases. We kindly request a national standard for all jurisdictions to ensure equal investigation and reporting for all missing children cases. WE REQUEST THE FOLLOWING CHANGES TO THE CURRENT PROCESSES. Any child under the age of 18 who goes missing, regardless of circumstances, should be classified immediately as "ENDANGERED MISSING" until determined otherwise through thorough investigation. An Alert System should be designed and implemented similar to the Amber Alert system to alert the general public of missing children who do notmeet the Amber Alert criteria. A report of a missing child should be taken immediately with no required or requested waiting period and an investigation should be started immediately. An organized search should be conducted by law enforcement immediately, including search dogs (when available) and grid searches. Last known location of child should be thoroughly searched immediately, with search/cadaver dogs when available. Local law enforcement should be required to submit the missing information immediately to NamUS (National Missing and Unidentified Persons System) AND NCMEC (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children) RUNAWAY Status should be eliminated as a reported status to ensure equal investigation and attention to all missing children cases.