Pennsylvania State Senate
Pennsylvania State Senate
Ban Gay Conversion Therapy
Twelve states have moved to ban "ex-gay therapy" for young people -- dangerous "therapy" that tries to change someone's sexual orientation. "Ex-gay therapy" has been linked to suicide, depression, isolation and anxiety, and has been condemned by nearly every medical and psychological body as dangerous, destructive and something no child should be forced to undergo. And yet in 38 states -- including states like New York, Pennsylvania, Minnesota and Ohio -- "ex-gay therapy" remains a practice that's largely legal under the law. But there is national momentum as more and more states move to ban "ex-gay therapy" and protect minors from attempts to "cure" them of their sexual orientation. Hawaii just became the 12th state to ban "ex-gay therapy," and New Hampshire and Delaware are close to following suit. They join states like California, New Jersey, Maryland, Illinois, New Mexico, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington and Oregon. That's nearly 25% of the country! But it's not enough. LGBT kids are still facing dangerous "ex-gay therapy" attempts in more than 30 states around the country. All these states have seen bills introduced to ban "ex-gay therapy". New York -- which touts itself as one of the most LGBT-friendly states in the country -- has seen legislation pass the State Assembly three times; Pennsylvania has had a bill introduced several times; Ohio now has a bill as well that legislators are pushing; and activists in Minnesota have been pushing for a ban on "ex-gay therapy" programs for years. Let's build on this national organizing momentum, and work to get these states added to the list of states stepping up to protect LGBT youth, and banning harmful "ex-gay therapy" that tries to "cure" LGBT people and change their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Mandatory sentencing for pedophiles/ child traffickers
This petition is for legislation that demands harsher and longer mandatory sentencing for child traffickers and pedophiles that prohibit reduction of sentences for over crowding, good behavior or parole. Offenders will receive automatic sentences that include incarceration and mandatory therapy. Possessing child pornography, or engaging in pedophilia will result in immediate incarceration and prohibit bail as these individuals should be considered both a flight risk and an imminent threat to society. For possession of child porn there will be a mandatory 10 year sentence for each instance. Possessing 2 files will result in a 20 year mandatory sentence to be carried out to term. 10 instances will result in 100 years. For producing child porn the offender will receive a mandatory 20 years sentence for every instance. Engaging in sexual acts with a child will result in a minumim of 50 years per instance. Any pedophilia acts that engage in kidnapping the child will result in mandatory life sentence. Any sexual acts resulting in the death of a child will be a mandatory life sentence to be served in full. Intentional death of a child will be a mandatory life sentence to be served in full. Profiting from or engaging in the trafficking of children will carry a 20 year minimum sentence per instance. Finally for the protection of the victims. There will be a mandatory restraining order for life against the offender unless the victim (after turning 18 years of age) decides otherwise. The victim will receive some form of therapy and counselling. Persons under the age of 18 cannot be tried in criminal courts for prostitution charges as they are victims of traffickers. Mandatory drug treatment counselling if that victim was drugged as a result of being trafficked. Redact legislation that charges individuals who report child enticement from online forums with entrapment or stalking. Charge offenders with a mandatory 5 year sentence for each instance of trying to entice a child via social media, email or text. Harsher sentencing and more victim advocacy with a no tolerance policy will send a grave message to those who view children as a mere commodity to exploit and subjugate. The effects of trauma will affect a child for the rest of their lives often resulting in drug addiction, unhealthy relationships, low self image and high risk for suicide. Children are our most precious resource and we must all act to ensure a generation that doesn't need to recover from their childhood. View the story that inspired this petition: #justiceforbabyjames #justice4karaskids https://www.facebook.com/Justice4KarasKids/
Begin impeachment proceedings against Governor Tom Wolf of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvani
This is no longer ONLY about gun control and the 2nd amendment. Governor Wolf is blatantly violating the US Constitution through misuse of his gubernatorial position during this COVID-19 situation. He needs to be stopped before he causes further damage to our great commonwealth. During this time he has been using this pandemic and the panic as an opportunity to push all of his controversial legislation, going so far at one point, to state that he will not reopen the state until his list of state legislation is passed. How can we stand by and allow him to hold our state economy and residents hostage over his unconstitutional policies? Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf recently signed an executive order to "combat gun violence" without disclosing the details of said order. He followed up that "ceremony" with saying "this is just a start." Update: When this petition was started, Govenor Wolf had not yet disclosed any details about his executive order. Details have now been released and you can find them in the following link. https://www.governor.pa.gov/executive-order-2019-06-reducing-gun-violence/ Addendum: Prior to this current development in Wolfs consistent attacks on our rights to own firearms, Wolf pushed and was able to pass a gun registry bill in the house. This was a blatant violation of our constitutional rights and was rather alarming to say the least. It generated multiple and repetitive fees and fines, gave state police the right to deny ownership at any time for any reason, and placed unrealistic burdens and expectations on legal gun owners. Link below. https://www.legis.state.pa.us/CFDOCS/Legis/PN/Public/btCheck.cfm?txtType=HTM&sessYr=2019&sessInd=0&billBody=H&billTyp=B&billNbr=0768&pn=0818&mobile_choice=suppress&fbclid=IwAR2TS-YpXZObLeAC2EOSyXKX7VLtATR1J4ZqrH_OaEy4mf-xZry-Dh6eRCk Refer to Pa constitution article 1, section 21. "The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the State shall not be questioned." "We, the People are the government in this country, sir. NOT you! WE rightfully DEMAND that YOU obey our Pennsylvania Constitution, in particular Article I. YOU, sir, are Usurping authority that you have NOT been given BY that Constitution, and THIS, SIR, is nothing less than an ACT OF WAR against the Free Citizens of this Commonwealth. ANY firearm law or infringement upon Art I Rights of our Constitution is an Act of Treason on your part against that Constitution." - Concerned citizen. The gentleman who stated the above shall not be named, unless he chooses to release his name. However, what he states is true. This IS nothing short of an act of war against the free people of our commonwealth and is a blatant act of treason against our commonwealth's constitution. As such we are well within our rights to demand impeachment proceedings begin IMMEDIATELY against Govenor Tom Wolf on the grounds of betraying Article 1, Section 21 of our constitution, misbehaving in office through deliberate use of an executive order which violates Article 1, section 21, and for being disloyal to the obligations of his office to uphold our laws and constitution. Failure to act on this clear attack on our state and federal constitutional rights will reflect significantly upon state legislators in following elections. Please share this petition as much and often as possible to get the word out and push it up to the Pennsylvania State Senate, the Pennsylvania House of representatives, the Pennsylvania State Attorney General (Joshua Shapiro), your local representatives, friends, family, President of the United States, and/or anyone who may feel that it is vital that we are not stripped of our state and federal right to bear arms. Update: So apparently, another Avenue that wolf is pushing is unconstitutional "red flag law" legislation. Here is a link to an article with details, as well as a strong message as to why red flag laws are wrong and ineffective. https://www.timesonline.com/opinion/20190825/guest-opinion-red-flag-law-is-not-solution-to-mass-shootings "The Wolf is approaching... We can simply join the flock and fall prey to the wolf, or we can take on the role of the shepherd and fend off the wolves." - Jeremy D. Bemis *Note: Significant and relevant portio ns of related definitions and articles were typed in bold to stand out in the following listed information. https://www.legis.state.pa.us/WU01/LI/LI/CT/HTM/00/00.001..HTM Article 1. § 21. Right to bear arms. The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the State shall not be questioned. 1966 Amendment. Joint Resolution No.10 amended and renumbered former section 2 to present section 5. Article 4. § 6. Officers liable to impeachment. The Governor and all other civil officers shall be liable to impeachment for any misbehavior in office, but judgment in such cases shall not extend further than to removal from office and disqualification to hold any office of trust or profit under this Commonwealth. The person accused, whether convicted or acquitted, shall nevertheless be liable to indictment, trial, judgment and punishment according to law. (May 17, 1966, 1965 P.L.1928, J.R.10) Definitions: trea·son/ˈtrēzən/Learn to pronouncenoun- the crime of betraying one's country, especially by attempting to kill the sovereign or overthrow the government.- the action of betraying someone or something. be·tray·al/bəˈtrāəl,bēˈtrāəl/Learn to pronouncenounnoun: betrayal; plural noun: betrayals• the action of betraying one's country, a group, or a person; treachery."the betrayal by the king by his daughter"synonyms:disloyalty, treachery, perfidy, perfidiousness, bad faith, faithlessness, falseness; Moreduplicity, deception, double-dealing;breach of faith, breach of trust, stab in the back, Judas kiss;double-cross, sellout;trahison des clercs;rarefalse-heartedness, Punic faith"a cowardly act of betrayal" dis·loy·al/ˌdisˈloi(ə)l/Learn to pronounceadjectiveadjective: disloyal• failing to be loyal to a person, country, or body to which one has obligations."she felt that inquiring into her father's past would be disloyal to her mother"synonyms:unfaithful, faithless, false, false-hearted, untrue, inconstant, untrustworthy; Moretreacherous, perfidious, traitorous, subversive, seditious, unpatriotic, two-faced, Janus-faced, double-dealing, double-crossing, deceitful;dissident, renegade;adulterous;informalbackstabbing, two-timing;archaicrecreant;rarehollow-hearted, double-faced, Punic"many of her colleagues judged her disloyal"antonyms:loyal•(of an action, speech, or thought) demonstrating a lack of loyalty."disloyal mutterings about his leadership"
STOP Pennsylvania House Bill 2344
Pennsylvania House Bill 2344 is a step in the wrong direction.If this gets passed in Pennsylvania it will be a great step in disarming Pennsylvania citizens.Because guns are useless without bullets.The fact this is being smoke screened by Covid-19 hysteria makes it difficult to get people's attention.House Bill 2344 is a Gun Control Bill that tries to limit access ammunition. H.B.2344 if passed go into effect like this -You will be required to apply for a Ammunition Purchase Authorization Permit. -You will Apply for this permit to the Pennsylvania State Police. Which costs $50 and you have to renew your premit every 4 yrs. -It permit will take 30 days to process your permit and background check. -It will track all of your ammunition purchases.And it gives the state the right to revoke your ammo permit. -Every ammunition purchase there will be a $3 tax that will go to Pennsylvania Firearm Instant Record Check Fund. -You can't purchase ammunition from out of state. Without transferring it to a licensed dealer first. -You can order ammunition online but it will be against the law to deliver it to your home.You can do online orders but must be delivered to a licensed dealer 1st. There is still a lot of missing information in my opinion. BUT IT IS A VIOLATION OF THE 2ND AMENDMENT AND SEEMS LIKE A MONEY RACKET.Do we still value the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights? Sign this petition contact your Senator's.
Price cap on insulin in Pennsylvania
In Pennsylvania, insulin costs $270 a vial - a prohibitively expensive price for many diabetics. This vial lasts a month at most for many diabetics. Others require three or more vials per month, skyrocketing the price up to $1000 a month for something they need to survive. However, pricing elsewhere shows that this high cost is not necessary. Canada’s price for insulin is $90, and Colorado recently passed an insulin price cap of $100 per month. It's time for Pennsylvania to join Colorado in passing a price cap on this life-saving drug. Sign and share this petition today to ask Pennsylvania state legislators to take a stand for those with diabetes by instituting an insulin price cap. Because of the incredibly high cost of insulin and other expensive supplies to handle their diabetes, many diabetics are forced into dire situations. Many diabetics have resorted to rationing insulin, risking their lives every day because they can’t afford to pay for their next vial. People are forced to choose between the insulin they need to survive, and keeping a roof over their head and food on the table for their families. I know firsthand how stressful paying for insulin can be. My girlfriend has Type 1 diabetes, and worries constantly about whether her insurance will continue to cover the costs of her insulin and related supplies. People’s lives shouldn’t be put at risk because the insulin they require to live isn’t deemed “necessary” by insurance. The insulin price cap in Colorado has shown that it’s possible for states to take control of outrageous insulin pricing and as a result, to save lives. It’s time for Pennsylvania to join them in protecting Pennsylvanians with diabetes from avoidable health risks. Please sign this petition to urge Pennsylvania state legislators to save lives with an insulin price cap.
End the Subsidized Abuse and Killing of Horses in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania’s horseracing industry receives almost $250 million in corporate welfare every year – over $3 billion since the subsidies began in 2005. It is far and away the most subsidized industry in PA. And this for a business that, as measured by demand (wagers, attendance), has been in steep decline for decades. What’s worse, this massive taxpayer bailout of a decidedly nonessential industry – there are roughly 10,000 racing jobs in an overall state workforce of six million – has all come at the expense of public education – our children and young adults. To help put this in proper perspective, the per horse subsidy is nearly three times the per student subsidy (for those in the State System of Higher Education). There is, of course, another cost to all this – one measured in lives. Since 2010, more than 1,400 horses have died at the state’s three flat tracks; more, still, have perished at the three harness tracks. In fact, in 2019, Parx led the country in kills with 59. Nationally, Horseracing Wrongs has documented over 7,000 deaths at U.S. tracks just since 2014; we estimate that over 2,000 horses are killed racing or training across America every year – with hundreds more dying in their stalls. As if not enough, most – some 10,000-20,000 annually – spent or simply no-longer-wanted racehorses are mercilessly slaughtered at career’s end. Yes, slaughtered. Still, the killing is but a part of the story. There is, too, the everyday abuse. To wit: Grinding of Unformed Bodies: Young, would-be racehorses are thrust into intensive training at 18 months – years before their bodies are fully developed. On the maturation chart, these equine babes are the rough equivalent of kindergartners. Confinement and Isolation: Racehorses, innately social and herd-oriented, are kept locked – alone – in tiny 12×12 stalls for over 23 hours a day. Cruelty, defined. Negation: Practically all the horse’s natural instincts and desires are thwarted, creating an emotional and mental suffering that is brought home with crystal clarity in the stereotypies commonly seen in confined racehorses – cribbing, bobbing, weaving, pacing, digging, kicking, even self-mutilation. Control and Subjugation: Horseracing is lip tattoos, nose chains, lip chains, blinkers, tongue ties, cribbing collars, mouth bits, and, of course, whips. Drugging and Doping: Racehorses are incessantly injected, legally and otherwise, with myriad performance-enhancing, injury-masking, and pain-numbing chemicals. Commodification: By law, racehorses are literal chattel. They are ever being bought, sold, traded, and dumped – a stressful, tenuous existence that in and of itself causes pain. In fact, studies show that up to 90% of racehorses suffer from chronic ulcers. The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Editorial Board has thrice condemned the subsidies keeping horseracing afloat, and most recently called for racing “to be put out of its misery.” Governor Wolf has proposed redirecting some 200 million of those annual subsidy dollars to fund college scholarships for 44,000 students. In other words, the time to act is now. While we would love to see a day when horseracing is banned – like dogracing, which has been outlawed in 41 states – for now we are simply asking that the subsidies stop. This eminently just, long overdue measure would be a win-win for Pennsylvania: good for our children, good for our horses. For more information and to get involved: www.horseracingwrongs.org https://stopracingsubsidiespa.org/
Help Missing Domestic Violence Victims and Investigate Greenfield Township Police
Fawn Marie Mountain went missing on or around November 25, 2012. She was just 25 at the time of her disappearance. She lived with her domestic partner at the time of her disappearance who has a long history of violence and abuse against her partners, a fact which the Greenfield Township Police were very well aware of because of repeated calls to the home. They lived in Claysburg, PA at the time of Fawn's disappearance which falls under Greenfield Township Police's jurisdiction. When Fawn's mom, Dorothy, became aware she was missing and was unable to reach her she contacted Greenfield Township Police Department to do a welfare check, at which point they were told by Fawn's domestic partner that Fawn no longer lived at the home they shared. Despite repeated calls to Greenfield Township Police from Dorothy stating Fawn did not leave and had not been in contact, they did nothing to help locate or verify Fawn's wellbeing. Police departments need to take any person being reported by family as missing that are known to be in a domestic violence situation more seriously and actually CONFIRM the wellbeing and location of said victim. We have lost years in our search for Fawn and justice, because this police department ignored the pleas for help from Fawn's mom and they did the absolute bare minimum to find her. Witness statements were taken at the time from neighbors and friends; those statements were lost. We are crying out for changes to how local police handle missing persons cases when the victim is known to be in a domestic violence situation. We are calling for an investigation into how Greenfield Township Police handled Fawn's case and why they didn't do their job, so this never happens to another victim or their family again.
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!
Pass Kayden's Law before another child is murdered in Pennsylvania.
On August 6, 2018, seven-year-old Kayden Mancuso was murdered by her father. Kayden’s death was preventable. Her mother knew that Kayden’s father was violent and unhinged, and she knew that Kayden didn’t feel safe around him. Domestic violence experts know that it is often the most dangerous abusers who use custody courts to manipulate their victims into staying or punish them for leaving. Despite all the warnings, a judge made a legal decision to allow Kayden’s father to spend unsupervised time with her. And Kayden’s father used that time alone to murder her. We know he wanted to punish Kayden's mother because he left a note to say so. Every year, dozens of children are killed under similar, preventable circumstances. Tens of thousands more subjected to predictable abuse and trauma The judicial system responded defensively to the tragedy and the judge blamed both parents for the father’s sadistic crime. The Stop Abuse Campaign crafted Kayden’s Law with Kayden’s family, Child USA, interested legislators, and the governor's office [SB868 and HB1587]. It will protect hundreds of children from sexual abuse, physical abuse and witnessing domestic violence every year. And it will be the best way to honor a special girl and force something good out of such a despicable crime. Sign this petition. Tell Pennsylvania’s leaders to pass Kayden’s law. Find the Stop Abuse Campaign's other petitions. More information on the custody crisis in our family courts
Save Upper Darby Arts (www.saveudarts.org)
A PETITION FROM THE CONCERNED CITIZENS OF UPPER DARBY TOWNSHIP & THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA TO THE HONORABLE TOM CORBETT AND THE PENNSYLVANIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY WHEREAS, the Governor has expressed his conviction that state money should “follow the students,” and WHEREAS approximately 90% of Pennsylvania children attend public schools; WHEREAS, the $860 million in funding slashed from public schools in the 2011-2012 budget and the additional $100 million in cuts to public education proposed for 2012-2013 have decimated Pennsylvania public schools’ mandate to provide a complete, rigorous, and holistic education to all children; WHEREAS, the Upper Darby School District and its approximately 12,000 students, in spite of significant and remarkable progress toward standardized AYP goals, have suffered directly and indirectly under the stipulations of these budgets; WHEREAS, the loss of state reimbursement for the education of charter school students has cost the Upper Darby School District approximately $10 million over the course of the last five years; WHEREAS, the District is now faced with the need to eliminate art, music, library science, and physical education classes and their associated instructors from all District elementary schools and technology and foreign language classes and their associated instructors from District middle schools; WHEREAS, the academic, emotional, social, and cultural benefits of these programs to elementary and middle school-aged children are widely recognized; WHEREAS the loss of these beloved and enriching programs must be considered a blight upon not only the students of the Upper Darby School District but upon their parents and upon all citizens of Upper Darby Township whether publicly or privately educated, and; WHEREAS, the dismissal of certified, subject-specific instructors and the redistribution of their lesson plans and responsibilities to classroom teachers will marginalize the art, music, library science, physical education, technology, and foreign language curricula insofar as to make compatibility with the academic standards set down in Chapter 4 of the Pennsylvania Code vastly unachievable; BE IT RESOLVED, we, the undersigned parents, students, alumni, teachers, and taxpayers of Upper Darby Township and the citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania respectfully but emphatically call upon the Governor and the General Assembly to restore the millions of dollars slashed from funding public schools and public schoolchildren. We demand that our school district be funded in such a way as to enable it to do full justice to the academic, artistic, and fitness-related needs of our children and to properly prepare them for success in diverse communities both within and beyond the classroom. www.saveudarts.org
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