Wyoming State House
Wyoming State House
Stop The Trophy Hunt of Wyoming Grizzly Bears
Yellowstone grizzlies have recovered from near extinction.However, Wyoming’s own Game and Fish Chief Warden, Brian Nesvik sees a potential hunt as “part of the success story” of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem’s grizzly population. The recovering of grizzly populations is a result of protections. Without those protections and a policy of peaceful coexistence, grizzlies will disappear again.In the 1970's, hunters and trappers decimated grizzly bear populations across the US. Why should we allow history to repeat itself? Today grizzly bears face even more threats from climate, habitat loss, development, mining and an increase in deaths by automobiles. A hunt this time could mean they may never recover. Is that a risk we are willing to accept?How can we trust that any hunt will be conducted in a conservative manner when it would be lacking scientific merit?We see the transparent interests at play in pursuing this hunt: ranchers, trophy hunters, and opportunistic mining companies and developers. We will not stand by as these self serving interests greedily advance their personal agendas.A hunt would not only disturbs the balance of nature, but it would have negative consequences for eco tourism. With grizzly bears serving as the main draw, “government and independent economists have placed the combined value of nature-based tourism in Yellowstone and Grand Teton at close to one billion dollars annually. (NPS 2016 Report)Clearly, the motivation for a Wyoming bear hunt is recreational, trophy hunting. It serves no biological or conservation purpose. We must commit to conserving wildlife and protect it for the benefit of all Americans and future generations. Unscientific hunts directly oppose conservation efforts. Therefore, we ask the addressed parties to end the pursuit of a grizzly bear hunt in Wyoming. NPS Report: https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/news/16021.htm
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
Save Lives: Require Spinal Muscular Atrophy Newborn Screening
August is Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Awareness Month. Please join our efforts to require SMA newborn screening, and help end the deadly effects of SMA. About SMA: • SMA is the number one genetic killer of babies and children under the age of two.• SMA is a motor neuron disease like ALS.• SMA robs the ability to move, swallow, and eventually breathe. • One in 40 unknowingly carries the gene responsible for SMA.• When two carriers have a baby, there is a 25% chance the baby will have SMA, a 50% chance the baby will be a carrier, and a 25% chance the baby will be unaffected.• One in 10,000 babies is born with SMA. The FDA approved Spinraza as the first treatment for SMA on December 23, 2016. However, newborns continue to go untreated when they would receive the most benefit, as no states are performing SMA newborn screening. Newly diagnosed Type 1 SMA babies treated with Spinraza didn't lose their ability to move, swallow, and breathe, but instead gained strength. Some even crawled and took steps — steps away from the deadly effects of SMA. Newborn babies treated within the first two weeks never lost abilities to SMA, and developed as average babies do. They crawl, eat, stand, and walk. Only newborns with older SMA siblings have been treated this way, as their parents knew to screen for SMA. Every newborn needs to be screened for SMA, so babies born with SMA can develop just as babies without SMA do. For this to happen, SMA needs to be added to the Recommended Uniform Screening Panel (RUSP), states need to require SMA newborn screening, and funding needs to be provided for SMA newborn screening. The Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children (Committee) is scheduled to vote to add SMA to the RUSP at its February, 2018 meeting. Once the Committee votes favorably to add SMA to the RUSP, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will add SMA to the RUSP. This is an important step, as many states look to the RUSP when adding new conditions to screen for. This petition will be delivered to both the Committee, and the Secretary of HHS. States also need to require newborn screening, as the RUSP is only a recommendation, it does not mandate states to test for conditions. We will continue to pursue SMA newborn screening in every state, and this petition will help our efforts. Missouri is the only state to enact newborn screening legislation, and will begin screening for SMA in January of 2019. Federal and state funds are also needed to begin and continue SMA newborn screening. This petition will help us as we advocate for funding with the appropriate federal and state congressional members. Act Now: With an FDA-approved treatment, it is urgent we secure SMA newborn screening. Newborn babies treated within the first two weeks will have the best chance at progressing as they would without SMA. Every baby born with SMA should be afforded this life-saving treatment. Please sign our petition urging Committee to vote to add SMA to the RUSP, urging states to require SMA newborn screening, and urging federal and state congressional members to provide funding for SMA newborn screening.
Echo is my baby. He is a part of our family. He is our bird. Echo is a quaker parrot. He is the sweetest bird. He loves cuddles, scratches, and he loves his family. Quaker parrots happen to be illegal in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Tennessee, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Wyoming. Other states have restrictions like having a license, or having a band on your bird. There are many reasons for this. Quaker parrots multiply very fast, they build nests that have in the past been problems, and they are territorial. All of these reasons have one thing in common. That is they have to get out. Instead of making them illegal I would like there to be restrictions. My dream is to live in Tennessee but that will not be possible if my bird can't live there too. My goal is to make it possible for everyone to keep there pet quakers if they have to move to one of these states. Even if there are restrictions. Please help me and echo to make quakers legal! They are amazing creatures and fantastic pets!
Let your Wyoming Legislators Know That You Support a Bill to allow Homebrew Competitions
The Casper-based homebrew club, IBU, has been working with Senator Kinskey from Sheridan to draft proposed legislation to allow homebrew competitions in Wyoming. Currently most homebrew competitions and events are illegal under State law! Given the popularity of homebrewing as a hobby, and as a "training ground" for upstart businesses and entrepreneurs, as well as the economic benefits that the State could generate by hosting events that draw visitors from far and wide, it is time to remove the archaic prohibition on homebrewing events and competitions!
Replace the Electoral College with a National Popular Vote
It is fundamental to democracy: the candidate with the most votes wins. Yet twice since 2000, the candidate with the most votes for President has lost. The good news is that we can make 2016 the last election in which the popular vote loser wins the presidency – and we can do it without amending the Constitution. We can replace the Electoral College with a national popular vote through the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. Under the Compact, states agree to cast their electoral votes for the national popular vote winner - instead of the winner of their state. Once states with a total of 270 electoral votes approve, the Compact becomes effective. Through the National Popular Vote Compact, the United States can elect a President by popular vote as early as 2020. This is not a pipe dream – states with a combined 165 electoral votes have already enacted it. But in order for the Compact to take effect, and a truly national election to take place, additional states with a combined 105 electoral votes must sign on. If you live in one of the 40 states that have not yet joined, tell your state legislators and governor that you support the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.
A state-based, Constitutional Amendment to Require POTUS Candidates Release their Taxes.
Amendments to the US Constitution can be proposed by two-thirds of state legislatures. This petition urges state legislatures of all 50 states to immediately take up the task of introducing an amendment to the Constitutional that requires: All candidates running for office of the President MUST release their entire tax history including FULL, long form tax returns to be eligible to run for President of the United States of America. Failure to release said documents will prohibitively disqualify a candidate from running for office of The President of the United States of America. This requirement will hold the same weight and importance as "natural born" status. It's vitally important that the President and their finances are free of foreign influence. The practice of releasing tax returns has been a political norm for more than 50 years. It's time now to make it LAW. If state legislatures lead, the national leaders will follow. This petition will be delivered to legislatures in all 50 states.
Stop School Shootings
The year 2018 started not too long ago. About a month ago to be exact. In this short period of time there have been numerous school shootings that have occurred. We speak on this topic all the time. It circles around for awhile while the situation is hot but then it goes away and we never speak about it again..until something like what happened yesterday, February 14, 2018, occurs. When will the madness end? I know I am not alone when I say that I am ready to see something change. I am a high school student myself and this shouldn’t be taken lightly because as we know these mass shootings can occur at any time...and any place. Its time for us to speak up. The youth, the old, the middle aged. No matter what religion, sexual preference, race, age, I know we can all come together and at least attempt to put a stop to this. Please share this with your friends and family. My condolences and prayers go out to anyone that has lost a loved one in the recent shooting or any previous ones as these seem to be nothing but common in the United States. Sign this petition. Share it with your co-workers, your family, friends. Share it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. If a petition about changing Snapchat can get over ONE MILLION signs, let’s see what a petition could do that would actually help change the world. I know there are many of you that think this doesn't mean anything because they will always continue to happen but this is just one small step thats apart of one huge problem. This petition may not change the world, but it's worth a try. -n
End Water Fluoridation-Save Lives 70% of American tap water is Fluoridated
Fluoride is a neurotoxin. 70% Of American's Water is Fluoridated which causes cancer, depression and many other illnesses.This one is about Fluoridation causing bone cancer and kidney disease-http://www.naturalnews.com/027976_fluoride_conspiracy.htmlbasic points of fluoridation:http://www.holisticmed.com/fluoride/Articlehttp://www.robertgammal.com/PDFs/SciFactsFluoride.pdfVideo(described below)-http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7547385139152764985&hl=en#Professional Perspectives on Water FluoridationFeaturing a Nobel Laureate in Medicine, three scientists from the National Research Council's landmark review on fluoride, as well as dentists, medical doctors, and leading researchers in the field," 70% of americans consume it everydayhttp://usgovinfo.about.com/b/2008/07/13/fluoride-in-water-now-reaches-70-percent-of-americans.htmAnother scientific journal articlehttp://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=second-thoughts-on-fluoride And, even those who use public water that is NOT fluoridated are still affected. Drinking sodas, bottled waters or any other water based drink OR FOOD manufactured in America, has even MORE than a 70% chance of containing Fluoride. Even if one doesn't believe Fluoride is harmful just think about the fact alone that Fluoride is considered a chemical that the CDS claims is good for your teeth...making it a MEDICINE. it is illegal for a doctor to force their patient into taking their medication...so why is Fluoride in our water without a majority approval?...or even an approval at all? WE MUST STOP THE POISIONING OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE
Please Support the Compact for a Balanced Budget
Greetings! We strongly support the Compact for a Balanced Budget. Here's why you should too: Using an agreement among the states called an “interstate compact,” the Compact for a Balanced Budget invokes Article V of the United States Constitution to advance a powerful Balanced Budget Amendment (“BBA”). An interstate compact provides the vehicle for advancing this bipartisan national debt solution because it transforms the state origination of a BBA into a “turn-key” operation including everything in the process that the states control-from the application, to the delegates, to the convention agenda (including the amendment), to the convention logistics, to the legislative ratification. The Compact ensures the state-initiated constitutional amendment process efficiently, safely and exclusively advances a specific BBA. The Compact only applies for an Article V convention when 38 states join—and once that happens, those Member States (a super-super majority) are bound to the Compact’s numerous safeguards keeping a laser focus on advancing and ratifying a powerful Balanced Budget Amendment—rendering a “runaway convention” a pure fantasy! The Compact is what the People want. According to McLaughlin & Associates, informed popular support for a compact to advance constitutional amendments exceeds opposition by more than two to one. 61% agree that a majority of state legislatures should be required to approve any increase in the federal debt. 71% agree that Congress should cut spending before raising taxes. 86% agree that Congress should be required to balance its budget. The proposed BBA would require a majority of State legislatures to approve any increase above an initial constitutionally-fixed debt limit. Like an active board of directors for our wayward federal executive and legislative branch “CEOs,” state legislatures would provide oversight and intervention when it comes to requested increases in the federal debt. The state debt approval requirement also creates flexibility to finance justifiable wars and to address genuine crises without easily exploited loopholes. If the case can be made to a majority of state legislatures that the federal government should borrow more money, then the BBA will allow such borrowing. The states should have a voice for the same reason that the U.S. Constitution originally gave state legislatures control over the U.S. Senate. Long before the midnight hour arrives, the proposed BBA is designed to compel Washington to balance its budget or prepare a budget that can make the case for more debt, requiring Washington’s political players to propose delays in spending, and thereby showing their cards, long before hitting a hard debt limit, protecting our country’s credit from being held hostage. The proposed BBA neither sacrifices future generations to current generations, nor current generations to future generations. It requires any new or increased income or sales tax to secure two-thirds approval of both houses of Congress. Recognizing that fixing the debt may require new revenues, the amendment allows for simple majority approval of revenue increases that result from replacing the income tax code with a sales tax or reducing tax exemptions, deductions and credits. Any new tax burden would only result from making our tax code flatter, fairer and far more conducive to economic growth.