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Petitioning Indiana State Senate

Protect Our Children: Do Not Pass Senate Bill 500

On March 5th, 2013, my beautiful daughter Angel took her own life after being repeatedly bullied by classmates both in person on school grounds and over the internet. The pain of losing a child is indescribable -- she was the light of my life and I still can’t comprehend life without her. The only way I can move forward now is to dedicate myself to making sure that this never happens to another family. I have worked diligently to get anti-bullying legislation passed in my home state of Indiana, and when House Bill 1423 (The Anti-Bullying Bill) was passed in 2013, I was hopeful that we had made a turn for the better. The bill stated that disciplinary actions would be taken against bullies and that any and all bullying related incidences would be investigated and reported. But now a new bill could completely dismantle all of the progress made to stop bullying in Indiana. Senate Bill 500, which is currently in committee and set to be voted on in this legislative session, would remove the school’s ability to address bullying that takes place off school grounds that could impair the victims school environment. This means that cyberbullying, one of the most popular and insidious forms of bullying our kids deal with today -- the form of bullying my daughter Angel experienced -- would no longer be considered a form of bullying by schools. The bill also eliminates all disciplinary actions toward bullies as well as programs for victim support, and would eliminate teacher training on suicide, bullying prevention, and mental health awareness. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people ages 15-34 in Indiana. According to the 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, administered bi-annually by the Centers for Disease Control, Indiana ranks third worst in the nation in terms of incidences of bullying at school and cyberbullying. The idea that a bill could remove what are obviously desperately needed programs to prevent bullying in our schools is incomprehensible. Schools should be safe places where our children learn and grow into the unique individuals they are meant to be, not the places that convince them their lives are not worth living. 4,400 teens nationwide take their lives every year due to the hateful words and cruel actions of others. Please sign our petition to keep the kids of Indiana safe in school and at home. In her suicide note, Angel asked for us to get her justice, and I will never stop trying to fulfill her final wish. Losing one Angel was too many lost. No child should ever feel victimized by another to a point of suicide. Lets give these kids hope for a future. Please sign today. Thank you and God Bless.

Danielle Green
236,811 supporters
Petitioning Prosecuting Attorneys Council

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

John W
153,299 supporters
Petitioning Indiana Governor

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.

John Bettis
68,848 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. 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!

Jenifer Bass
33,291 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
6,583 supporters
Petitioning Indiana Governor, Indiana State Senate

Jacob’s Law for responsible gun ownership

On October 22, 2014, my sister's boyfriend decided to clean his .38 caliber handgun while children were present in the house. My 9-month-old nephew Jacob was crawling nearby, when the gun accidentally discharged a bullet. The bullet ricocheted into the back of Jacob's head. Jacob died the next day from his injuries. Anyone who owns a gun or is knowledgeable about weapons knows the first thing you do is make sure the gun is not loaded. Negligence and gun ownership are a deadly combination. Since there were no charges and a conviction, Jacob’s father can continue to own and purchase guns. This is wrong, and I want to change it. If you are a gun owner and are responsible for the serious injury or death of another person -- even if it was an accident -- you should no longer be allowed to own or purchase a gun. I’m hoping that Indiana, where Jacob lived, will be the first state to pass a law that revokes gun ownership in such cases. I hope that Jacob’s Law will encourage more responsible gun ownership and ensure that those who are negligent will not be allowed to ruin another life. Currently, unless a person is charged with a crime when an unintentional shooting occurs, they are still allowed to own and buy guns. People like Jacob’s father should no longer be allowed to have a gun. It’s just common sense. Shooting someone unintentionally is not an accident. Accidents are unavoidable while unintentional is completely avoidable when the proper actions are followed. What happened to Jacob was avoidable. We will never get to see Jacob grow up. We will never watch him have a first day at school,  drive a car, graduate, get married, or have children of his own, all because of someone's carelessness. I am not trying to punish anyone. I am trying to prevent another family's heartache. Please sign my petition.

katrina martin
4,035 supporters
Petitioning Indiana Governor, Indiana State House, Indiana State Senate, President of the United States

End Marijuana Prohibition

For far to long, we as Americans have been forced to take pills we don't need. For over 20 years, I've used Cannabis to help me with my chronic migraines from a cyst on my brain. Me and my wife now have 3 foster kids we took in, and now I'm being forced to take radon drops because I said I used weed along with failing my first drug test. But I could drink as much alcohol as I want. Does that make since? We shouldn't be penalized for a plant that grows naturally. The Government has lied about this plant for far to long! All anyone would have to do is eat or smoke it to see its NOT dangerous. It's time WE THE PEOPLE have our voice heard! The majority of Indiana  (along with the U.S.) want this to happen. You work for us! Make this happen.

Aaron sage
3,913 supporters
Petitioning Alabama State Senate, Alaska State Senate, Arizona State Senate, Arkansas State Senate, California State Senate, Colorado State Senate, Connecticut State Senate, Delaware State Senate, Florida Stat...

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 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.

American Citizen
2,865 supporters
Petitioning Mike Pence

Protect Indiana Citizens Against Hate Crimes

I’ve always felt lucky to live in Bloomington, Indiana -- a university town, and a melting pot for people from all over the world who are here to learn and teach in this great community. As a high school student, I have friends from many different places, and I feel enriched because of it. But with this diversity comes conflict. Not too long ago, a Muslim woman was enjoying a cup of sweet tea with her 9-year-old daughter at a local restaurant, when a white Indiana University student attacked her. He didn’t know her. He just felt compelled to yell "white power" and grab her, trying to forcibly remove the scarf covering her head. Imagine how she felt. Imagine how her daughter felt watching this. It was an attack fueled by bias -- the definition of a hate crime. It would be charged as such in almost every other state in the union, but Indiana is one of five states that does not have a hate crime law. Some Indiana legislators have been trying for years to enact hate crime legislation, but so far, they’ve failed. On the heels of this senseless attack, let’s call on Indiana lawmakers to come together and pass a hate crime law now. Hate crimes are committed to intimidate people, and communicate to them that they “don’t belong” because of perceived differences. Charging such attacks as hate crimes sends a counter-message -- one of equality, one that says we won't tolerate such actions. In this case, the 19-year-old attacker was charged with public intoxication, intimidation, and battery, which will certainly affect his life. But the fact that he isn’t charged with a hate crime tells the victim, her young daughter, and the community at large that Indiana law isn’t looking out for them. Ignoring the motivation behind racially-charged attacks allows us to turn a blind eye toward hatred. And we can’t afford to ignore hatred anymore. Please join me in calling on Indiana to enact hate crime legislation immediately. Thanks for your support, Maria Sarah Lysandrou

Maria Sarah Lysandrou
2,196 supporters
Petitioning Indiana Governor, Eric Holcomb, Indiana State House, Indiana State Senate, Dan Coats, Joe Donnelly, Luke Messer

Make animal cruelty a felony in Indiana. Ohio did it, so can we!!

Everyday in the news we hear about animal cruelty cases in and around Indiana. In just the last few months our state has been overwhelmed with stories of people abusing and killing companion animals. Just a few weeks ago Indiana residents were shocked to learn of a 19 year old man in Montgomery County, Indiana burning a cat alive. The cat was rescued but later succumbed to its injuries. In Delaware County, Indiana a man killed his mother's kitten and rabbit by placing them both in an active wood burning stove. These are just two of the most recent cases that have made headlines. There have been countless other incidents of animal abuse, neglect, and torture. As of now, the laws in Indiana aren't tough enough on these offenders. Most of the offenders in Indiana only face misdemeanor charges, whereas Ohio has recently passed the Goddard's Law to protect and speak for companion animals. Goddard's Law was signed into law on June 13, 2016 by Ohio governor John Kasich. That law makes knowingly causing serious physical harm to a companion animal a 5th degree felony for the first offense. This includes depriving a pet of food, water, shelter, or inflicting long term pain. It's time for Indiana to follow suit, pass the same law, and hold animal abusers more accountable for these horrific crimes. It's time for Hoosiers to join together and speak for those that cannot.  Please join me and show your support by signing this petition. Together we can make a difference and urge our lawmakers to do the same. Ohio did it, so can we!!!

Christa King
1,651 supporters
Seniors Deserve Quality Care: Don’t Put Profits Ahead of Indiana Seniors!

Dear friend, Thank you for taking the time to contact me with your opposition to Senate Bill 173 (nursing home moratorium). The bill passed the Senate with a vote of 33 to 14. I voted against Senate Bill 173, which is now being considered by the House of Representatives. The bill is currently in Ways and Means. A bill must pass committee before becoming eligible for full-chamber consideration. To track Senate Bill 173, please visit Once again, thank you for your correspondence. If you have any questions about this bill or any other measure being considered by the General Assembly, please let me know. The legislative process truly works best when citizens are involved. Sincerely, Senator Lonnie M. Randolph District #2

— Lonnie Randolph, State Senator
4 years ago
Brian A Clark: Drop Charges against Connersville Police Officer and his wife

Thank you for contacting my office regarding the situation with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources involving the white-tailed deer in Connersville. Due to pending court litigation, I, as a State Senator cannot affect the outcome of the trial. I do, however, agree with you that punishing well-meaning citizens doesn’t make sense at all, especially in light of jail time and a heavy fine. The trial date was set for March, so DNR has until then to act on the case. As of this past Friday, the department has actually stated the case was being dropped. I would urge you to contact the DNR Commissioner and the Governor on this matter. Their information is below. In light of this, I may suggest a summer study committee for the Indiana General Assembly to look into the issue of rescue permits. The current permitting process is very arduous, and with the deer population rising, such permits may need to be streamlined for well-meaning citizens to rescue injured wildlife. I appreciate your input, and hope you will contact the DNR (317) 232-4200 and the Governor (317) 232-4567. Sincerely, Richard Young State Senator, District 47

— Erin Houchin, State Senator
5 years ago