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Petitioning Iowa State Senate, Iowa Governor

The Sabrina Ray Movement

I want there to be more in depth look into how DHS handles reports of Child Abuse in Iowa. I also want it to be where DHS does not call ahead to let people that are being suspected of Child Abuse know they are coming over make it to where they come over unannounced. I want it that way so DHS has a better chance of catching Child Abuse. Sabrina Ray was a beautiful 16 year old girl that was killed by her adoptive parents on May 12, 2017. She was a child of God and she should not have been killed. DHS had been out to her house frequently from 2013- 2017. I have heard they were being investigated when Young Sabrina was killed.  Sabrina Ray was one of five children who  resided in the home with her parents but she was beat and refused food the most. The day she died she only weighed 60 lbs. my 12 year old daughter weighs 100 lbs. she was very malnourished and something needs to change our children need protected. There were two other girls that were abused but not as much as Sabrina. Sabrina was forced to go without food for days, she would have to eat out of the garbage to get food. There are reports that she would be beat if she didn't do her chores. She would sneak food to try to get something to eat.  When all this was happening there was a daycare being run there and my two children attended it. My 9 year old daughter has told me something's they have done. It is hard very hard to hear. I included the news story so you can read up on it.  Please let's help our children make DHS take more time to look into child abuse our children need this. They are our future. No child deserves what Sabrina went thru or the other two girls.

The Sabrina Ray Movement
16,664 supporters
Petitioning Terry Branstad, Iowa State Senate

Legalize darker front window tint in Iowa

The State of Iowa says we cannot have front window tint darker than 70% light visibility through the windows. The only reasonable excuse I have received for this, is that it is for "police safety". What is it actually protecting them from? To see if we have a gun or weapon? An officer wouldn't be able to tell if you have one anyway. I have known several people who have been pulled over and sited for window tint. They were abiding all of the laws of the road. So does it make you a criminal to have tint on your windows? Personally, I have very light sensitive eyes, and I would love to have tint on my windows. Legally I cannot do so. This needs to be changed. It will not only help me, but the other people whos eyes are sensitive to light. I along with many others feel this to be a burden among citizens to be pulled over for such a silly reason. I am allowed to conceal a weapon, yet not allowed to have tint? Think about it. I have started this petition in efforts to make front window tint legal in Iowa. It is being sent to Terry Branstad and I am asking for more support. I've received tons of feedback on how it makes a big difference to people all over Iowa, from eye sensitivity to sun allergies. Give us our Freedom to do what we want with our own personal property. I need lots of supporters. I really hope we can make a change. If you think this may be a nuisance law, please sign the petition and share it with Everyone. Thank you.

Mitchell Wayt
9,409 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
6,476 supporters
Petitioning Iowa State Senate, Iowa State House, Iowa Governor

Front Window Tint Laws Changed In Iowa

We would like the Iowa Law Makers to review the current tint laws, we would like to have iowa review and pass a law allowing atleast 50% or 35% tint on the front windows to be legal. There is alot of benefits of having tint on the front window, the main one is people with eye conditions are more comfortable driving, when the sun is glaring through the windows the tint makes a reasonable difference and are able too see traffic approaching more visibly. Those are just a few reasons of the benefits. Also it would save law enforcement from traffic stops due to window tint savings the state of iowa time and money due to window tint violations.

Cameron wike
5,915 supporters
Petitioning The IA State Senate

Don't Put Animal Cruelty Whistleblowers in Jail

This year, Iowa legislators are considering a bill which would impose a penalty of up to ten years in jail for documenting cruelty to livestock without permission. What this means is an end to undercover investigations by animal welfare organizations, as well as by whistleblowers within factory farms and slaughterhouses. It would mean no more investigations like the one done by Mercy for Animals at Hy-Line International in Spencer, Iowa. That 2009 investigation blew the cover off Hy-Line, revealing that male chicks were being thrown into a grinder and killed within 24 hours of being born. Organizations like the Iowa Federation of Humane Societies, the Animal Rescue League of Iowa, and the American Civil Liberties Union are lining up to lobby Iowa legistors to vote no on this bill. Join them and tell Iowa's House and Senate to vote no on HF 589. Photo credit: Samdogs

Martin Matheny
3,391 supporters
Petitioning Iowa State Senate, Iowa

Hwy 218 intersection to floyd by the 218 fuel express

We have had way to many fatalities and accidents here and no one seems to care. The death toll is only gonna go up once our loves gas station is built without some type of round a bout or over pass to keep every one safe. This intersection is rated 13th in the state for deaths and only way we can get anything done is to apparently have more deaths here. What's the price of a life worth these days please help me and support this petition to help protect everyone who travels this road

Travis-jesse Wiemann
3,020 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
2,112 supporters
Petitioning Iowa Governor

Get rid of the waitlist for the Children's Mental Health Waiver

1,615 Iowa Children and their families are waiting for services they need to be safe and well. How will you answer them? 1,615 Iowa children currently need immediate access to the Children's Mental Health Waiver. The waiver provides a comprehensive support system that allows children to remain in their home as opposed to more costly institutions that are often far away from their communities. Without this waiver, most families cannot afford the many needed evidence-based therapies that are not covered by insurance, they cannot afford needed respite, or locate basic services such as childcare that will work with children with severe mental illness.  Consider what two years means in the development of a child. Waiting not only makes the child's prognosis suffer, the mental health and physical safety of the family members is often in jeopardy, parents lose time at work and often employment trying to manage crises on their own.  Eliminating the waitlist is not only the right and decent thing to do, it is the medically preferable thing to do AND the financially prudent thing to do. The CMH waiver cannot exceed $1967 / month while institutional placement costs the state $5000 / month. Further, timely treatment and support services reduce the chance of the children ending up in the very expensive justice system and help them live up to their full potential as contributing members of society. Please do the right thing: make the CMH waiver immediately avaible to children in need. Please follow our advocacy efforts on our Facebook Page: Or join our Parents Creating Change in Iowa group on Facebook or F.I.N.D:

Parents Creating Change in Iowa
1,797 supporters
Petitioning Iowa Governor

Municipalities please change current breed specific bans to vicious dog ban

We moved to Iowa in November 2015 with our family of 4 children and 2 dogs. We found out that our 9 year old dog, who is a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, is banned from Sioux City. We currently have less than a month to rehome him with family back in NY. We know many people who have pets that fall in the "pitbull ban category" who illegally have their pets in many of the communities in Iowa. The breed specifc bans need to be changed to viscious dog bans. It is clear that this legislation needs to come from the state level as the municipalities tend to be unwilling to hear the cause.

Jennifer Frost
1,217 supporters
Petitioning Muriel Bowser (D. C. - Mayor), Dannel Malloy, Asa Hutchinson, John Hickenlooper, Rick Scott, Nathan Deal, David Ige, Bruce Rauner, Eric Holcomb, Kim Reynolds, Sam Brownback, John Bel Edwards, Paul ...

Stop The Statute of Limitations on ALL Child & Adult Sexual Assault #metoo #StopTheStatute #metoo Please read until the end to begin to understand the scope of it all. ❤️� Hopefully we have just one more pre-trial on the 1st of 4 serial rape trials against Marc Winner and then the actual 1st trial will be set. Over 16 years, I hoped and prayed this day would actually never come, because although I knew he couldn’t stop-it was my greatest wish that he would, so no one else would be violently raped by him again. Painfully, that was not the case with 4 in the SOL and 10 total we know about in a 15 year period. The continuous promises made to me when they wanted me to be okay with the plea deal, were not kept. Woman after woman reported him only to be disbelieved and disregarded, because of archaic belief systems even within the justice system and Chicagoland Cook County City and Suburbs being on different computer systems. How senseless is that? It now does make sense though why only a few months after he raped me, he moved to Chicago and opened a new “award winning” tanning salon, he of course named after himself. It would seem he may have knowingly made the move with the help of his wealthy and powerful family and benefactors in order to stalk prey without scrutiny and undetected once again. I have been ruled a past crime witness, being his first known victim and first to report. We won’t know until the trials begin whether or not past crimes will be testifying and entered into evidence. Often the court system doesn’t want to do what can be referred to as “muddying the waters” by bringing past crimes in. I find that ridiculous because all the past crimes establish an obvious pattern and MO. However, whatever it takes for the rapist predator with a file as large as “War & Peace” to finally no longer slip through the cracks and be put behind bars for good, is fine by me. This has not been an easy road. It’s actually been harder than I would ever be able to explain. My sister and brother survivors understand why sexual assault is the most under reported crime, because coming forward in order to protect others from a monster has no upsides due to the revictimization of stigma, harassment, a pretty inept and broken system, and those who want to make rape of all things about politics or shaming and blaming the survivor rather than stopping the perp. It’s been a long 16+ years with much joy after I came to terms with the unthinkable, but I really got thrown for a loop that invasion day almost two years ago now when I found out he was back or I should say never actually left. For he remained active and my reporting him, going to all our trial dates, and his slap on the wrist plea deal didn’t keep him from continuing his proclivity to do irreparable and permanent harm. I do not feel any of the unfounded shame or blame any longer. I could really careless what the ignorant callous bullies towards survivors of rape think or say either. I do however feel an immense responsibility to my sisters who survived him, all sister and brother survivors, and the community at large to see this through to the end-to finish this-and to help convict him anyway that I lawfully can so he never hurts another living soul again. Many confusingly mock and attack survivor activists who put it all on the line to stop criminals by using the term social justice warrior as a negative connotation on the internet and elsewhere. However, what they don’t seem to understand is that this is NOT a political issue and a violent despicable crime such as rape can never be referred to as “social.” It’s a matter of stopping a violent criminal from seriously hurting others in a way that the survivors receive a life sentence. Rape is actually a CRIMINAL JUSTICE issue-always has been, always will be. As a Criminal Justice issue, one way to end the emboldening of predators like Marc Winner, Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein, and Denny Hastert is to stop the SOL clock. Predators know very well that they have a time clock they can easily run out during the often decades of time it takes a victim to come forward and be a survivor. The time is NOW to #StopTheStatute of Limitations on sex crimes in every state for children and adults once and for all. There are no statutes in different states on Forgery, types of Fraud, Murder, Manslaughter, Attempted Murder, Arson, types of DUI accidents, and even in a few on Rape, but a few isn’t good enough-Rape is a life sentence, so should be the time period it takes to report it (which remember does not mean the lack of burden of proof) in order to help deter. The system needs to give survivors the time they need to come to terms with the heinous violation to their body and spirit in order to get closure and justice-How can’t everyone reasonably understand and get behind that? #Ibelieveyou#stopthestatute

Lesley Barton
1,110 supporters
De Soto, Iowa Outrageous Water Rates And Water Quality

Concerned Citizens of De Soto, I first want to thank you for reaching out to me and my office on this very important issue. I want to take this opportunity to update you on the immediate actions I have taken. I was able to meet this morning with the Public Works Director as well as the city's engineer. I believe and am hopeful the city will hold a special public forum. This would be an opportunity for residents to voice their concerns, as well as for the city to present what has happened in the past and what can be done to improve water quality moving forward. I would encourage all to attend this meeting if/when it occurs. Furthermore, I am reaching out to the Department of Natural Resources and other state agencies to ensure that the city is meeting all regulatory requirements. I will keep you updated as I receive additional information. Again, thank you for voicing your concerns! Sincerely, Sen. Jake Chapman

— Jake Chapman, State Senator
1 year ago