Utah State Senate
Utah State Senate
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!
Family’s Pet Tortured To Death. Pass “Sage’s Law” For An Animal Abuse Registry
Sage was a beloved six year old family cat who lived in Clearfield, Utah. After going missing for four days, Sage managed to crawl back home where he was found by his beloved family. His family was horrified and heartbroken at what they found. Every inch of Sage’s mangled little body had been subjected to excruciating torture. His ribs were broken. His face was beaten and his eyes were glued shut. His whiskers were cut off and his fur was shaved off. The abuse was so severe that Sage could no longer meow or walk -- Some of the torture is too graphic to put into words. Debbie Barnes from the Humane Society of Northern Utah said, “This is the worst case of abuse I have ever seen.” Veterinarians tried desperately to save his life, but after two rounds of CPR, Sage succumbed to his injuries. To date, there have been no arrests for this heinous crime. But even if the perpetrator is caught and convicted, the punishment would be a slap on the wrist: a small fine and little to no jail time. Convicted animal abusers often go on to repeat their crimes, and in some cases, go on to commit violent crimes against humans as well. That’s why I, along with thousands of members of the Cats of Instagram community are taking action. We are urging the Utah State Legislature to introduce and pass “Sage’s Law”. This legislation will establish a public Animal Abuse Registry. People convicted of animal cruelty would be required to register and prohibited from adopting or purchasing an animal ever again. Animal shelters and pet stores would have access to the registry. Local residents, like Sage’s family, would be aware of people living in their own neighborhood who have a history of animal abuse. Sage's Law also proposes upgrading animal cruelty charges from a 3rd degree felony to a 2nd degree felony with $10,000 fine and 1-15 years in prison, with mandatory 10 year sentences if the animal dies as a result of the injuries. Dozens of states and cities across the country have enacted or have legislation pending to create Animal Abuse Registries. It’s time for every state to have these laws, so we’re taking our plea to Sage’s home state of Utah. Please help us urge the Utah state legislature to make “Sage’s Law” a reality. Let’s make Sage the hero he was always meant to be.
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:https://www.facebook.com/MarriageEqualityForPeopleWithDisabilities
Impeach Judge Scott N. Johansen
If Judge Johansen wants to act like Judge Judy, then he should get a reality TV show. In the meantime, his past and present conduct is unbecoming of a judicial officer. On November 11th, Judge Johansen ordered that a child be removed from the home of a married lesbian couple, claiming that the child would be better off in the home of a heterosexual couple over the objection of the foster parents, the Utah Division of Child and Family Services and the Guardian Ad Litem Office assigned to represent the child. After public outcry, Judge Johansen partially reversed his Order. Judge Johansen has previously come under attack for his tactics. In 1997, Judge Johansen was reprimanded by the Utah Judicial Conduct Commission for "demeaning the judicial office" after slapping a 16-year-old boy during a 1995 meeting at the Price courthouse. In 2007, Judge Johansen was criticized for threatening to take a homeschooling mom’s children away if she failed to enroll them in public school and insure that they were in attendance every day. Johansen was also criticized in 2012 for ordering a woman to cut her 13-year-old daughter's ponytail as punishment for the teen cutting the hair off a 3-year-old girl at a restaurant. It is not enough to simply refer to the Judge’s conduct as ‘puzzling’ and suggest that he must follow the law. Judge Johansen should be impeached and removed from office.
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 found...at 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.
GOVERNOR HERBERT: DO NOT ALLOW THE WEST DAVIS CORRIDOR TO BE FUNDED! SUPPORT A SHARED SOLUTION WITH UDOT AND UTAHNS FOR BETTER TRANSPORTATION INSTEAD!
Governor, we have been listening to your messages regarding the pollution problem in our state, which include leaving cars behind for mass transit. We would LOVE to support you in that endeavor! http://www.standard.net/stories/2013/05/03/herbert-offers-tips-how-ordinary-utahns-can-curb-air-pollution You have asked us to DRIVE LESS but you are considering ONLY the options that UDOT has set for itself, which ENCOURAGE us to drive MORE. Their recommendations are in direct opposition to your messages. A major reason for this opposition is that UDOT is motivated to build freeways since they receive almost a quarter from every gallon of gas. Our message is that we want you to INSIST that UDOT engage in a SHARED SOLUTION with UBET to devise smarter ways to deal with the traffic congestion, economic development and continued population growth than building freeways. UDOT has used the phrase in their advertising (which taxpayers PAY for!) "locally preferred alternative' which makes it sound to the rest of Utah as if the locals prefer it. WE DON'T! THERE IS NO NEED FOR THIS FREEWAY. THERE ARE OTHER SOLUTIONS THAT ARE NOT LISTED AS ONE OF THE OPTIONS. The PROPOSED West Davis Corridor is a massive, elevated freeway recommended to begin at Farmington City and run through Hooper, Utah that will cost taxpayers upwards of $600 million! And that doesn't include the upkeep for years to come. This freeway will divide communities, spew noise, light and particulate pollution endangering both our citizens and the environment. Meanwhile, our failing infrastructure issues are not being addressed. Furthermore, building this freeway actually DISCOURAGES the use of mass transit. PLEASE LISTEN TO US and work on a SHARED SOLUTION, creating a win-win situation for our citizens AND our communities! Utahns for Better Transportation (UBET) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpKFrn6usew&feature=player_embedded www.utahnsforbettertransportation.org/ would like the opportunity to work WITH UDOT on a shared solution. However, the financial burden of researching the alternative is being placed on the backs of private citizens. Governor, PLEASE insist that UDOT bears the expense of exploring and analyzing this shared solution in partnership with UBET. We want to work WITH our adjacent communities, not be pitted against them in a survival of the fittest contest. YOU can help! The Shared Solution is ONE example of how to re-work our existing infrastructure in smarter ways, but it will take more funding and having UDOT experts work hand in hand with UBET to come to a SHARED solution to FIND THE LEAST ENVIRONMENTALLY DAMAGING PRACTICABLE ALTERNATIVE. (LEDPA).. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEOQOXs0LjA By building the WDC, it will violate the EPA’s 404(b)(1) guidelines to select the Least Environmentally Damaging Practicable Alternative . UDOT has not studied other solutions which have a FAR LESS DAMAGING IMPACT because they purposely did not include them on their 46 alternatives and did not ask for other alternatives. The nearly 300 members of Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment (UPHE.org) have compiled thousands of medical studies confirming the health consequences of our air pollution, which is sometimes the worst in the United States. Those who live within 2 miles of a freeway are the most victimized by this pollution. UDOT is ignoring the entire body of medical research that would condemn this project as a serious health hazard. One of UDOT's own stated objectives is to "support the objectives of the adopted local land use and transportation plans for communities west of I-15 in Weber and Davis Counties." UDOT is NOT meeting their own stated objective. The roads we build should improve and enhance our communities. UDOT has come up with its own options for the freeway and has been successfully using a "divide and conquer" strategy to create citizen "buy in"... I even fell for it, writing an article only in support of leaving the freeway out of my backyard. But, I am now convinced we must work TOGETHER for the benefit of ALL our communities. http://davisclipper.com/view/full_story/22684083/article-Letter--Glover-Lane-route-is-wrong-for-West-Davis-corridor BY SUPPORTING A SHARED SOLUTION WITH THE STATE OR FEDERALLY-FUNDED ASSISTANCE OF UTAHNS FOR BETTER TRANSPORTION, UDOT CAN MEET THEIR STATED OBJECTIVE OF IMPROVING AND ENHANCING OUR COMMUNITIES. UDOT can't seriously think that a MASSIVE, NOISY, POLLUTION-SPEWING, ELEVATED EYE-SORE of a freeway is going to enhance our communities! In conclusion, UDOT's proposal is in direct opposition to the Federal Highway Administration's Livability Principles contained in this document: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/livability/state_of_the_practice_summary/research00.cfm We, the undersigned request that our taxes are used for transportation projects which do not waste our money. We also request that UDOT work side by side with other agencies such as Utahns for Better Transportation, UTA, as well as environmental groups to protect Utah's landscape, air quality, and wildlife! Our infrastructure is outdated and in need of repair BEFORE considering more freeways. ****************************************************************************************** *****EXAMPLES OF SMARTER TRANSPORTATION PLANNING***** Watch this video of the removal of the San Francisco Embarcadero elevated freeway with a boulevard showing how smarter planning can enhance beauty of natural surroundings increasing tourism, reduce emissions, encourage mass transit and other forms of travel, while increasing economic development and tourism. http://www.streetfilms.org/lessons-from-san-francisco/ Read this article on effective bicycle planning: http://grist.org/biking/2011-03-14-tearing-down-urban-freeways-to-make-room-for-a-new-bicycle-econ/ "Urban freeways are also ineffective as transportation solutions. Caught in the vicious feedback loop of induced demand, they cannot be expanded fast enough to keep up with increasing traffic — yet each expansion lures yet more drivers who create yet more congestion and demand more lanes, ad infinitum. The maintenance and expansion of these roadways gobble up transportation funds that could create and maintain less costly and destructive alternatives." Read this article appropriately called "How to Slay a Concrete Dragon" about the proposed "ramps to nowhere" in Seattle that ultimately went unfunded. I have personally frequented the Arboretum mentioned in the article and was fortunate to have seen the natural beauty of the Japanese gardens that were to be removed for these ramps (corridors). http://crosscut.com/2013/05/29/mossback/114699/concrete-dragons-how-slay-freeway/?page=1 ***********CURRENT NEWS ARTICLES IN REGARDS TO PETITION********* http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705267777/UDOT-chief-floats-gas-tax-change.html?pg=all "Meantime, transportation commissioners are hopeful that President-elect Barack Obama will advocate for a stimulus package for states of more than $500 billion over two years to provide 2.5 million jobs by investing in the nation's infrastructure. UDOT would apply for the money. "Hopefully, we'll be able to ramp up some of the projects," Commissioner Meghan Holbrook said." Too bad that "infrastructure" is interpreted as freeways and not other options. This news article was just written today AGAIN with Governor Herbert attempting to address the pollution problem... GOVERNOR: TELL ME AGAIN WHY UDOT IS PROPOSING A FREEWAY THAT WILL ONLY ADD TO OUR POLLUTION? http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865581514/Governor-Herberts-clean-air-partnership-takes-on-new-form-sets-initiative.html PERHAPS, it has to do with this 2008 article which showed that UDOT favors building roads and NOT building infrastructure because it reduces UDOT's capital: For every gallon of gas, UDOT receives 24.5 cents. They are receiving incentives to DISCOURAGE mass transit! http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=4418168 EPA is considering reducing the ozone standards from 75 ppb to 60 ppb. More freeways will create more pollution, idling or no idling. http://www.kutv.com/news/top-stories/stories/vid_5373.shtml "EPA Concludes Fine Particle Pollution Poses Serious Health Threats" "Causes early death (both short-term and long-term exposure) Causes cardiovascular harm (e.g. heart attacks, strokes, heart disease, congestive heart failure) Likely to cause respiratory harm (e.g. worsened asthma, worsened COPD, inflammation) May cause cancer May cause reproductive and developmental harm —U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Integrated Science Assessment for Particulate Matter, December 2009. EPA 600/R-08/139F" http://www.stateoftheair.org/2013/health-risks/health-risks-particle.html Even the Government's Environmental Protection Agency knows that this freeway is not "smart" planning. Read the link below: "Four transportation and land use strategies that enhance quality of life and protect human health and the environment are: Smart and sustainable street design. Transit-oriented development. Parking management. Sustainable transportation planning." http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/topics/transportation.htm EPA REGULATORS LOOK TO REDUCE POLLUTION-CARS STILL BIG PROBLEM http://www.ksl.com/index.php?sid=25682911&nid=148&title=regulators-look-to-reduce-pollution-cars-still-big-problem&fm=home_page&s_cid=queue-1 Link between pollution and autism http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/news/2013/pollution-and-autism UNACCEPTABLE AIR QUALITY: http://blog.utahmomsforcleanair.org/2013/04/24/another-f-grade-utah%E2%80%99s-air-quality-unacceptable-for-utah%E2%80%99s-children-utah%E2%80%99s-politicians-are-to-blame/ UCAIR, INITIATED BY GOVERNOR HERBERT AND INTRODUCED JANUARY 31, 2012 BECAME A NON-PROFIT ON JUNE 11, 2013 http://www.ucair.org/ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDV1-RrSoDc Jan 31, 2012 Governor Announces UCAIR http://fox13now.com/2013/06/11/ucair-becomes-a-non-profit-organization/ June 11th 2013 UCAIR is now non-profit CNN MONEY MAGAZINE RANKS FARMINGTON, UTAH THE 12TH BEST PLACE TO LIVE OUT OF AMERICA'S BEST SMALL TOWNS! http://www.farmington.utah.gov/displayarticle304.html UBET attempted to work with UDOT on a shared solution http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/56273541-90/freeway-groups-http-lake.html.csp This section labeled "quality of life" encompasses more advantages for our citizens than the definition provided by UDOT. http://www.publictransportation.org/benefits/qualityoflife/Pages/default.aspx Salt Lake Resident wrote letter against building this west davis corridor: http://davisclipper.com/view/full_story/22898769/article-Letter--Corridor-plans-are-an-outrage?instance=secondary_stories_left_column Dr. Moench's article in the Salt Lake Tribune regarding harmful ozone levels in Utah and the effect of the West Davis Corridor. http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/56478797-82/ozone-utah-smith-stewart.html.csp#comments FEDERAL LAWS THAT PROTECT BALD EAGLES.. There are many in Farmington, Utah. http://www.fws.gov/midwest/eagle/protect/laws.html UDOT 'S RECOMMENDATION AND OAKRIDGE COUNTRY CLUB http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/56478726-90/club-udot-course-oakridge.html.csp?page=1 Opposers to freeway attempted to meet with UDOT early on: http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/56185892-90/davis-group-kalt-media.html.csp FEDS RECOMMEND THAT UDOT FUND THE SHARED SOLUTION: http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/56826689-90/alternative-department-freeway-impacts.html.csp *******************PUBLIC INPUT RALLIES 6-11-2013********************* http://fox13now.com/2013/06/11/hundreds-pack-meeting-to-protest-west-davis-corridor/ http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=25561042 *******ORGANIZATIONS OPPOSED TO THE WEST DAVIS CORRIDOR and FAVORING A SHARED SOLUTION WITH UBET AND UDOT:******** (PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOUR ORGANIZATION WOULD LIKE TO BE ADDED TO THIS LIST) Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment http://www.uphe.org/ Protect Utah Wildlifewww.facebook/protectutahwildlife Utah Tar Sands Resistance http://www.tarsandsresist.org/ Governor We Cannot Breath http://wecannotbreathe.blogspot.com/ University Student Clean Air Network http://sustainableutah.wordpress.com/2013/04/02/university-student-clean-air-network/ Utah Birders http://www.utahbirders.com/ Great Salt Lake Audubon http://www.greatsaltlakeaudubon.org/ Peaceful Uprising http://www.peacefuluprising.org/ ****************** CITIZENS SIGNING THIS PETITION: ********************** PLEASE MAKE COMMENTS WHY THIS ISSUE IS IMPORTANT TO YOU. OUR GOVERNOR AND ALL OF OUR ELECTED LEADERS NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU! PLEASE MAKE AN OFFICIAL COMMENT ON THE LINK BELOW TO OUR GOVERNOR IN ADDITION TO A COMMENT ON THIS PAGE AND UDOT. http://governor.utah.gov/goca/form_comment.html ALSO: MAKE COMMENTS THROUGH AUGUST 23rd 2013 ON UDOT'S WEBSITE: http://www.udot.utah.gov/westdavis/get_involved#contact or VISIT THEIR WEBSITE http://www.udot.utah.gov/westdavis Call, email, or write comments to your local leaders. Syracuse citizens can make their comments via an online form. Emails are not publicized... http://syracuseut.com/YourGovernment/ContactMayorandCityCouncil.aspx * "Farmington Bay Bald Eagle" Photo Credit: Used by permission by Brent Clark. All rights reserved. Taken winter 2013 in Farmington Bay Farmington, Utah. ****************************************************************************************
Tell Utah Senate to Stop Feral Animal Bill: H.B. 210
It's back: Representative Curt Oda's (R-Clearfield) feral animal bill which will allow anyone in Utah to shoot a feral animal (this includes cats, dogs, pigs and pigeons) simply because it could be feral. While Oda states that the bill is to protect ranchers and farmers from legal prosecution for taking the feral animal issue into their own hands, many argue it will just allow animal abuse to take place legally. The original bill was stripped down to one line, removing all language about feral animals. However, Oda has recently restored parts of the bill concerning feral animals. According to HB210, a person can shoot any animal they think is feral, whether it is really feral or not. People will be allowed to kill animals in areas where hunting is prohibited. Some of these areas are visited frequently by people and pets. Some Utah lawmakers call the bill "embarrassing," "inappropriate" and not right, "as a policy of the state of Utah." Regardless of their opposition, and the opposition of activists and animal welfare groups, H.B. 210 has passed in Utah's House and now moves to the Senate. With alternatives available, including fencing, Trap-Neuter-Return programs and even a new humane bill introduced by Senator Dennis Stowell, H.B. 210 should have stayed in the trash where it belongs. Sign the petition and tell the Utah Senate to vote against H.B. 210, and explore available alternates. Photo credit: BobMacInnes
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Protect Utah's Community Cats - Support SB 57
Utah Senate Bill 57, sponsored by State Senator Dennis Stowell, would allow municipal animal control officers to bypass a three-day holding period for animals taking part in a local community cat management initiative, where felines are captured, spay/neutered and released in their original location. Current disposition options are limited to humane euthanasia or adoption, and as it stands, adoption -- the preferred choice for homeless animals -- is rarely an option for free-roaming cats, which routinely are euthanized for lack of alternatives. SB 57 deals with the disposition of unidentified, unclaimed stray cats by introducing the concept of a community cat management initiative where cats in the colony are trapped, spayed/netuered, vaccinated, ear-tipped for identification, and then released back in their original location. Ear-tipped cats in a TNR program could be returned immediately to their colonies without being held in the shelter for the mandatory three-day holding period -- saving lives and taxpayer dollars. Tell Utah legislators to support SB 57.
Ending the discrimination against service animals
There is discrimination against mine and other people's service animals due to this who claim allergies fear or dislike of the animal is a reason to not allow them to do their job I've experienced many discriminatory violations of ada rights because some of the church leaderships and businesses think it's ok to deny me entrance if I have my service dog with me I haven attempted attending the nearest of church due to discrimination to me and my service dog in the past that because I'm not blind or in a wheelchair I am told I am not disabled I just want to end the discrimination against service animals so please sign my petition