Prosecute Trump for illegal offenses before the Dec. 19 Electoral College Vote.
We respectfully call upon the appropriate Federal Authorities to thoroughly investigate the many possible illegal offenses of Donald Trump, the Trump Corporations, and the Trump Foundation before the members of the Electoral College meet to cast their final vote on Dec. 19. The Electoral College was created by the framers of the constitution to protect against corrupt demagogues; the Electors should be given the full opportunity to vote their conscience if it is formally determined that Trump has broken the law. Throughout the campaign, allegations of Trump's illegal activities have surfaced: tax evasion, business scams, tenant intimidation, hiring of undocumented workers, illegal trade, bribery, sexual assault, incitement of violence, and collusion with a foreign government to influence an American election. If Trump is guilty of crimes, he does not deserve to be our President. https://twitter.com/CriminalTrump
Do your job. Investigate President Trump’s ethical conflicts of interest.
Our Members of Congress are elected to represent their constituents and uphold our American values of good governance and the rule of law. As Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Utah Republican Jason Chaffetz is in an excellent position to bring ethical violations and corruption to the attention of the American people. Never has this been more important than now. By refusing to release his tax returns and divest his financial holdings into a blind trust, Donald Trump has chosen to jettison the legal and ethical standards followed by our Presidents for the past 40 years. When Director of the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) publicly stated that Trump’s business arrangements were still out of compliance with the OGE’s guidelines and would not eliminate his conflicts of interest, Chaffetz threatened the OGE’s funding and demanded the director submit to a private hearing with the Oversight Committee. Chaffetz’s decision to turn a blind eye toward Donald Trump’s conflicts of interest while attacking the Office of Government Ethics director, who holds no power other than to assist and advise our political leaders in avoiding financial conflicts of interest, is a purely partisan act. It is also a dereliction of his duty as Chairman of the House Oversight Committee. If you care about ethics and the rule of law, sign this petition to tell Rep. Jason Chaffetz to do his job -- or resign from his committee.
Make Illegal Tint a Secondary Offense in Utah
Why is dark tint illegal?Let me start by saying that I'm a person who completely agrees with enacting safety measures for our Police Officers. Whether you like them or not, their job is hard and extremely dangerous.The main reason that dark tint on the front windows and windshield is illegal is that it puts Police Officers in a more dangerous situation because they cannot see inside the vehicle. I offer two points listed below: A Police Officer approaches a vehicle during a traffic stop from the rear of a vehicle, which there are no laws that regulate tint. If darker tint is illegal because it puts a Police Officer in a more dangerous situation, pulling someone over solely for the reason of having darker tint does not make sense. A Fair, Compromised Solution We petition the State of Utah to change it's laws regarding automobile tint as follows... Changing tint infractions to Secondary Offenses; you can no longer be pulled over just for having dark tint. The current limits still apply when being pulled over for other reasons. Changing tint infractions from Correctable Violations ("Fix-it tickets") to flat fines. When pulled over and given a tint ticket, you pay a fine. You are no longer required to remove the tint. Benefits for Everyone Most, if not all, Utah Residents know that our State gets HOT during the summer. Darker tint has many benefits for Residents. Some of those benefits include reduced interior heat, less interior sun damage, increased privacy, increased safety from glare, and even lower chances of skin cancer due to reduced absorption of UV rays. Studies have shown that US Drivers have more skin cancer on the left side of their faces and Australian Drivers have more skin cancer on the right side of their faces. (SkinCancer.org) Changing the tint laws in the ways described above should also increase revenue from tint violations while reducing the time required when a tint violation is given out, as Police Officers or other Officials are no longer required to sign off on a Correctable Violation. Ideas? Feedback? Support? Please leave any feedback, additional ideas, and support in the comments!
Pass H.R. 2737: Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2015
On June 11, 2015, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and Sen. Mazie Hirono introduced HR 2737 & S 1555 respectively as the Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2015. The pending legislation, “directs the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives to make appropriate arrangements for the award of a single Congressional Gold Medal to the Filipino Veterans in recognition of their dedicated service during World War II.” Other groups have been formally recognized by the United States with the Congressional Gold Medal for World War II service; they include the Tuskegee Airmen, Montford Point Marines, Navajo Code Talkers, Women Air Service Pilots, Japanese American Nisei Soldiers and Puerto Rican Soldiers. Filipino World War II Veterans are equally deserving of this honor. In order to pass HR 2737, the bill requires sponsorship from 290 congressional representatives, S 1555 needs 67 senators. Today, HR 2737 has 312 cosponsors, S 1555 has 71. I would like to ask your assistance in reaching out to your congressional representative to get their support as a sponsor for the pending legislation. Time is not on our side; the number of remaining Filipino Veterans is fast decreasing. We need to pass these bills before the 114th Congress come to a close at the end of the year.
Congress: Investigate Russian involvement in the 2016 Presidential election
Recent media reports have stated that the Russian government may have been involved in computer hacks designed to influence the outcome of the 2016 campaign for President of the United States. Additionally, a Russian government official recently admitted that Russia was in contact with President-elect Donald Trump's campaign during the election. These two incidents suggest that potential crimes may have been committed against the American people and undermined the democratic process of electing our president. We urge Congress to immediately hold public hearings and begin investigations into theses incidents to determine what effects they had on the election.
Subpoena Trump's Tax Returns to Clarify Conflicts of Interest
"We the undersigned citizens wish to express our displeasure with Jason Chaffetz as Chairman of the House Oversight and Budget Reform Committee. Representative Chaffetz holds a position of responsibility to all Americans, not just to those in his Utah Congressional District. We assert that he is failing in that duty.WHEREAS Representative Chaffetz, as Chair of the House Oversight and Budget Reform Committee is absolutely responsible to the American People to expose corruption in the Executive Branch and to defend against it andWHEREAS Prior to the election of President Trump Jason Chaffetz urged Candidate Trump to release his tax records with this statement:"If you're going to run and try to become the president of the United States, you're going to have to open up your kimono and show everything, your tax returns, your medical records," andWHEREAS it is hypocritical of Jason Chaffetz to now hold President Trump to a different standard than the one to which he held Candidate Trump andWHEREAS it is obvious that if no investigation is done, and no records examined, there can be no exposure of current or future corruption or violations of the emoluments clause of the Constitution andWHEREAS Chairman Chaffetz has failed to defend the Constitution of the United States and has failed in his duty to initiate an investigation of potential conflicts of interestTHEREFORE: We the undersigned call on Representative Jason Chaffetz to immediately subpoena the tax records of President Donald J. Trump and with the power granted to the committee of which he is the Chair, accurately determine President Donald J. Trump’s current business holdings, and determine his existing debts to foreign institutions, corporations and states for the purpose of protecting against violation of the emoluments clause of the Constitution of the United States. "
STOP Trump's Insider Trading: Enforce the STOCK Act
As reported by NPR and Politco, President Donald Trump insists he can do any business deals he wishes while serving as President, but a 2012 law that forbids insider trading by government officials makes his actions as President illegal. The Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act bars Congress, government officials, and their staffs from buying and selling securities based on insider information. The U.S. Office of Government Ethics recently said the law extends to the executive branch employees, including the president and vice president. "The STOCK Act says all executive branch employees are subject to the securities laws, Trump included," says New York University Law School professor Stephen Gillers. Presidents and their cabinets/staff are privy to an enormous amount of confidential information that could impact stock prices. Trump would risk passing along inside information anytime he talks to his children and business associates, even if he doesn't intend to. That could open Trump, his children, and businesses up to nearly constant allegations of insider trading. We challenge The US House Oversight Committee and the US Office of Government Ethics to uphold the STOCK Act.
Tell Utah Congressmen: Do Not Repeal The Affordable Care Act.
The Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare, ACA) positively affects the medical coverage of millions of Utahns, with 145,000 people signing up through the Healthcare Exchange for the 2017 year alone - an increase of 24% from 2016. (Source: Salt Lake Tribune, Dec. 2016)Whether we benefit from protections such as the abolishment of annual or lifetime caps, guaranteed preventative healthcare services, medicaid expansion, premium assistance for lower income individuals and families, guaranteed non financially discriminatory coverage for chronically ill individuals, or access to a public, multi-option insurance market place, we all utilize the services and protections this law provides even if we do not receive coverage from the public exchange. Taking into special consideration, our state is 4th in the nation for deaths caused by overdose (ABC4 Utah, 2017) and 7th in the nation for drug poisoning deaths (health.utah.gov, 2017) we cannot lose the substance abuse coverage mandate included in the ACA, as it would be detrimental, even life ending for our most vulnerable community members. However the newly proposed American Health Care Act goes as far to eliminate the mandate for coverage of substance abuse and mental health treatments all together.From Health.Utah.gov "Every month in Utah, 23 individuals die from prescription drug overdoses. Utah ranked 7th in the U.S. for drug poisoning deaths from 2013-2015, which have outpaced deaths due to firearms, falls, and motor vehicle crashes. The majority (55%) of deaths from prescription pain medications involved oxycodone.."We are asking our Federal Representatives on all levels, in all districts to leave the Affordable Care Act intact and to not "Repeal and Replace." with the subpar, potentially deadly and ultimately harmful American Health Care Act.Improvements can be made to the Affordable Care Act that benefit all entities and people involved (Patients, Medical Providers, Insurance Companies, State Governments etc) without the dismantling of a law that has created a system responsible for effectively protecting all Utahns, especially our most vulnerable community members, the disable, the elderly, working class, addicted, and mentally ill.
Chaffetz: Investigate Russia's Interventions in our Election!
Whereas the integrity of the United State electoral process should be held sacrosanct and all attempts foreign and domestic to interject influence into it strongly condemned; and Whereas reliable evidence exists that the Russian government, under the direction of its president, Vladimir Putin, instigated a series of cyber-attacks including the hacking of the DNC and the deliberate spreading of misleading propaganda designed to insure the election of Donald Trump; and Whereas other Congressional committees and leaders have determined that this tampering must receive a full investigation And Whereas members of your own committee have pleaded with you to open this investigation, and all you can do is rudely call them out-of-order and worry about mining the DCCC, Be It Therefore Resolved that: We the undersigned request Congressman Jason Chaffetz, as Chair of the Government Oversight Committee of the House of Representatives, to launch a full scale, timely, and vigorous investigation of Russia’s intervention in the 2016 election.
To enact Aaron's Law 2017 and Amend the CFAA
What is Aaron’s Law? Definition – What does Aaron’s Law mean?Aaron’s Law is pending legislation introduced in response to the death of Aaron Swartz, a respected and celebrated political activist, computer programmer and entrepreneur who founded Demand Progress and co-founded Reddit. Swartz died January 11, 2013, at the age of 26. Introduced by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Aaron’s Law would amend the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) and wire fraud statute. In 2010, Swartz was charged with 13 felony wire fraud and hacking charges based on these laws. If Swartz had been convicted, he may have been forced to pay a large fine or have received a prison sentence of up to 35 years. U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) introduced bipartisan legislation in 2015 to better target serious criminals and curb overzealous prosecutions for non-malicious computer and Internet offenses.Cosponsors of the legislation also include U.S. Representatives Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), Mike Doyle (D-Pa.), Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) and Jared Polis (D-Colo.).“Violating a smartphone app’s terms of service or sharing academic articles should not be punished more harshly than a government agency hacking into Senate files,” Wyden said. “The CFAA is so inconsistently and capriciously applied it results in misguided, heavy-handed prosecution. Aaron’s Law would curb this abuse while still preserving the tools needed to prosecute malicious attacks.”“The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act is long overdue for reform,” said Lofgren. “At its very core, CFAA is an anti-hacking law. Unfortunately, over time we have seen prosecutors broadening the intent of the act, handing out inordinately severe criminal penalties for less-than-serious violations. It’s time we reformed this law to better focus on truly malicious hackers and bad actors, and away from common computer and Internet activities.”“I am proud to join Sen. Wyden and Rep. Lofgren today in offering this bipartisan and bicameral legislation which will amend the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Aaron’s Law will reduce overbroad prosecutions and adjust unfair sentencing practices,” Paul said. Aaron’s Law would address fundamental problems with the CFAA by: Establishing that breaches of terms of service, employment agreements, or contracts are not automatic violations of the CFAA. By using legislative language based closely on 9th and 4th Circuit Court opinions, the bill would instead define ‘access without authorization’ under the CFAA as gaining unauthorized access to information by circumventing technological or physical controls — such as password requirements, encryption or locked office doors. Hack attacks such as phishing, injection of malware or keystroke loggers, denial-of-service attacks, and viruses would continue to be fully prosecutable under the strong CFAA provisions this bill does not modify. Bringing balance back to the CFAA by eliminating a redundant provision that enables an individual to be punished multiple times through duplicate charges for the same violation. Eliminating the redundant provision streamlines the law, but would not create a gap in protection against hackers. Bringing greater proportionality to CFAA penalties. Currently, the CFAA’s penalties are tiered, and prosecutors have wide discretion to ratchet up the severity of the penalties in several circumstances, leaving little room for nonfelony charges under CFAA (i.e., charges with penalties carrying less than a year in prison). The bill ensures prosecutors cannot seek to inflate sentences by stacking multiple charges under the CFAA, including state law equivalents or non-criminal violations of the law. SEC. 2. CLARIFYING THAT ‘‘ACCESS WITHOUT AUTHORIZATION’’ UNDER SECTION 1030 OF TITLE 18, UNITED STATES CODE, MEANS CIRCUMVENTION OF TECHNOLOGICAL BARRIERS IN ORDER TO GAIN UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS.a) IN GENERAL.—Section 1030(e)(6) of title 18, United States Code, is amended by— (1) striking ‘‘exceeds authorized access’’ and all that follows; and (2) inserting the following: ‘‘ ‘access without authorization’ means— ‘‘(A) to obtain information on a protected computer; ‘‘(B) that the accessor lacks authorization to obtain; and ‘‘(C) by knowingly circumventing one or more technological or physical measures that are designed to exclude or prevent unauthorized individuals from obtaining that information;’’. (b) CONFORMING AMENDMENT.—Section 1030 of title 18, United States Code, is amended— (1) in subsection (d)(10), by striking ‘‘unauthorized access, or exceeding authorized access, to ’’ and inserting ‘‘access without authorization of a protected’’; and(2) by striking ‘‘exceeds authorized access’’ each place it appears. SEC. 3. ELIMINATING REDUNDANCY.(a) REPEAL.—Section 1030(a) of title 18, United States Code, is amended—(1) by striking paragraph (4); and(2) by redesignating paragraphs (5), (6), and (7) as paragraphs (4), (5), and (6), respectively.(b) CONFORMING AMENDMENTS.—Section 1030 of title 18, United States Code, is amended— (1) in subsection (c)— (A) in paragraph (2), by striking ‘‘(a)(6)’’ each place it appears and inserting ‘‘(a)(5)’’; and(B) in paragraph (3)— (i) in subparagraph (A), by striking ‘‘subsection (a)(4) or (a)(7)’’ and inserting ‘‘subsection (a)(6)’’; and (ii) in subparagraph (B), by striking ‘‘subsection (a)(4), or (a)(7)’’ and inserting ‘‘subsection (a)(6)’’; and (C) in paragraph (4)— (i) in subparagraph (A)(i), in the matter preceding clause (i), by striking ‘‘subsection (a)(5)(B)’’ and inserting ‘‘sub-section (a)(4)(B)’’; (ii) in subparagraph (B)(i), by striking ‘‘subsection (a)(5)(A)’’ and inserting ‘‘subsection (a)(4) (A)’’; (iii) in subparagraph (C)(i), by striking ‘‘subsection (a)(5)’’ and inserting ‘‘subsection (a)(4)’’; (iv) in subparagraph (D)(i), by striking ‘‘subsection (a)(5)(C)’’ and inserting ‘‘subsection (a)(4)(C)’’; (v) in subparagraph (E), by striking ‘‘subsection (a)(5)(A)’’ and inserting ‘‘subsection (a)(4)(A)’’; (vi) in subparagraph (F), by striking ‘‘subsection (a)(5) (A)’’ and inserting ‘‘subsection (a)(4)(A)’’; and (vii) in subparagraph (G)(i), by striking ‘‘subsection (a)(5)’’ and inserting ‘‘subsection (a)(4)’’; and(2) in subsection (h), by striking ‘‘subsection (a)(5)’’ and inserting ‘‘subsection (a)(4)’’. SEC. 4. MAKING PENALTIES PROPORTIONAL TO CRIMES. (a) Section 1030(c)(2) of title 18, United States Code, is amended— (1) in subparagraph (A)— (A) by striking ‘‘conviction for another’’ and inserting ‘‘subsequent’’; and (B) by inserting ‘‘such’’ after ‘‘attempt to commit’’; (2) in subparagraph (B)(i), by inserting after ‘‘financial gain’’ the following: ‘‘and the fair market value of the information obtained exceeds $5,000’’; (3) in subparagraph (B)(ii), by striking ‘‘the offense was committed’’ and all that follows through the semicolon, and inserting the following: ‘‘the offense was committed in furtherance of any criminal act in violation of the Constitution or laws of the United States or of any State punishable by a term of imprisonment greater than one year, unless such criminal acts are prohibited by this section or such State violation would be based solely on accessing information without authorization;’’; (4) in subparagraph (B)(iii), by inserting ‘‘fair market’’ before ‘‘value’’; and (5) in subparagraph (C)— (A) by striking ‘‘conviction for another’’ and inserting ‘‘subsequent’’; and (B) by inserting ‘‘such’’ after ‘‘attempt to commit. https://www.techopedia.com/definition/29206/aarons-law By Aarons Law 2017, we demand Aarons Law be enacted!