41 petitions

Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Admin , Governor Rick Scott

Allow Florida Counties the option to have more than 1 school district per county

The Florida Constitution currently limits the number of local school districts to one per county. In many counties, that is just not enough. This creates such a large governmental body, as to lose accountability. It is nearly impossible to digest the multi-billion dollar budgets without a team of CPA's working on it for a year. It has been observed that smaller districts, with more public input, cost less per student, perform better, and have higher performing students. Also, having more than one district in a county sparks competition between the different districts, which enhances education opportunities, while keeping costs lower. Cost savings is realized through less governmental waste and overspending. Also busing would be reduced, which would save a lot of money, and shorten the time kids are on buses from hours, to minutes. I have personally attended meetings of the Greater Florida Consortium of School Boards. This organization is like the UN of Florida school boards. They pass non-binding resolutions which serve no purpose other than to stroke the egos of the members, and train board members to be big government minded. They actually aspire to, and compete to, be the biggest district in the consortium. The bigger the government, the better with these folks. Fiscal responsibility, and quality education are secondary concerns, at best, if at all. Currently, Article IX SECTION 4. School districts; school boards.—(a) Each county shall constitute a school district; provided, two or more contiguous counties, upon vote of the electors of each county pursuant to law, may be combined into one school district. In each school district there shall be a school board composed of five or more members chosen by vote of the electors in a nonpartisan election for appropriately staggered terms of four years, as provided by law. What this amendment would do: Allow the county electorate, in a countywide ballot initiative, to vote to divide their current district into 2 or more districts. What this amendment would NOT do: Divide districts, against the will of the electorate.

Robert Valenta
12 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, United States Supreme Court

Executive Orders Must Be Reviewed By The Supreme Court Before Enactment

In order to protect and safeguard the United States Constitution and its existing laws all executive orders must be passed through the Supreme Court before becoming effective. If the President of the United States is given the power of a dictator through executive orders it undermines this nation. It threatens the safety and security of all its citizens, neighbors, allies, and immigrants. The President's executive orders must undergo checks and balances just as any other law or bill. And by sending any executive order to the United States Supreme Court to be deemed lawful by the United States Constitution, then and only then may an executive order be enacted. The United States is not a Dictatorship, and no one part of the government should ever be allowed to institute law or regulation through executive order without obtaining the approval of the United States Supreme Court. Executive orders take effect thirty days after being published in the Federal Register. Executive orders bypass our lawmaking process. Executive orders are not allowed to conduct illegal activity and must not violate any part of the Constitution. Some may think that it would make sense to allow executive orders to pass by unchecked during times of war, but even during times of war the Presidents have violated the Constitution of the United States of America. These violations to OUR Constitution should not be allowed, even for the briefest of moments.All executives orders need to be reviewed, within the thirty days after being published, by the United States Supreme Court in order to be deemed lawful and to ensure that the order abides by The Constitution of The United States of America. If the executive order is deemed unlawful and/or violates the Constitution then it must be removed from the Federal Register, and the President has the option to revise or toss the order. Editing by, #ResistanceKittens via Twitter

Patrick Von Mende
46 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, Thomas Massie, Rand Paul, U.S. Senate, President of the United States

Pass a Real 2nd Amendment Restoration Act

Proposed ~ A Bill: IN RECOGNITION OF THE IMPORTANCE OF THE 2nd AMENDMENT, AND IN UTILIZING THE SUPREMACY CLAUSE AND RECOGNIZING THAT CERTAIN LAWS ARE AN OBSTACLE TO THE ACCOMPLISHMENT AND EXECUTION OF THE FULL PURPOSES AND OBJECTIVES OF CONGRESS, (1) All federal, state, regional, and local laws which in any way infringe upon the right to keep and bear arms, including, but not limited to, any laws which would require any (individually or in combination) marking, recordkeeping, serialization or registration of firearms or ammunition, are hereby deemed null and void by Congress, as they are an obstacle to the people's ability to exercise the 2nd Amendment right, and are an obstacle to the full purposes and objectives of Congress. (2) Any federal, state, regional, and local laws which would require any (individually or in combination) marking, recordkeeping, serialization or registration of any firearm parts, or of any objects which would later be made part of a firearm (whether or not the object would ultimately become a regulated part of a firearm), are also deemed to be null and void, as they are an obstacle to the people's ability to exercise the 2nd Amendment right, and are an obstacle to the full purposes and objectives of Congress. No further laws of the type in (1) and (2) shall be able to have any effect. CAVEATS, EXCEPTIONS: a) UNITED STATES MUNITIONS LIST (USML):  Federal government may control by permit, and limit the use of, USML CATEGORY II, IV, V, VI, VIII, XIV, XV, and XVI items that are weapons, except for technical data or weapons and items routinely or commonly available in the civilian market. b) PROHIBITED PERSONS:  It is unlawful for the following categories of persons to ship, transport, receive, or possess firearms or ammunition, to include any person: - convicted in any court of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, unless that crime was due to enforcement of a gun law of a State or a political subdivision of a state;- who is a fugitive from justice;- who is an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance (as defined in section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act, codified at 21 U.S.C. § 802);- who has been adjudicated as a mental defective, due to the decision of a court, or has been committed to any mental institution, and due to the decision of a court, has been deemed unable to ship, transport, receive, or possess firearms or ammunition;- who is an illegal alien;- who has been discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions, except that all such persons must have be given the right of appeal in a district court to address the issue of firearms and ammunition possession and use;- who has renounced his or her United States citizenship;- who is subject to a court order restraining the person from harassing, stalking, or threatening an intimate partner or child of the intimate partner Laws of a State or laws of a political subdivisions of a state that establish or attempt to expand upon these prohibited persons categories, shall have no force or effect. c) CAVEAT REGARDING EVIDENTIARY NEEDS OF POLICE, CUSTODY, AND IMPRISONMENT: Any persons who are taken into custody or who are about to be incarcerated can be relieved of arms by police, provided however that the affected individuals may petition the courts for relief and restoration of rights. This is not intended to limit the rights of persons bearing arms, concealed or otherwise, in circumstances where involvement in an incident would require that a person involved in a self-defense scenario (who had, following the incident, retreated to a safe location and notified a lawyer) notify police of the circumstances of what had transpired, but it would allow the police to request temporary custody of a weapon that was used in such an incident for evidence and documentation. IMPOSTS, DUTIES.Notwithstanding the preceding, any laws of a State or laws of political subdivisions of a State that impose a tax on conduct or possession of firearms or ammunition shall have no force or effect.  Consistent with Article I, Section 10, Clause 2 of the U.S. Constitution, no state shall "without the Consent of the Congress, lay any Imposts or Duties on Imports or Exports, except what may be absolutely necessary for executing its inspection Laws: and the net Produce of all Duties and Imposts, laid by any State on Imports or Exports, shall be for the Use of the Treasury of the United States; and all such Laws shall be subject to the Revision and Controul of the Congress."

Repeal Unconstitutional Laws
6 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to (Secretary-General of the United Nations), Mr. Antonio Guterres (Secretary-General of the United Nations), United Nations, United Nations Security Council

Create a Constitutional Commission, Develop and Discuss the Syrian Constitution Urgently!

@SaveSyriaFuture - Twitter #SaveSyrianFuture (scroll down for English / العربية) Mr. Antonio Guterres,Secretary GeneralUnited Nations Dear Mr. Secretary General, The civil war in Syria has been raging on for more than six years, longer than World War II. The Syrian people suffer heavy losses. The brutality of some parties of the conflict knows neither borders nor limits.People, who went out on the streets of Syria in March 2011, are long forgotten. Their peaceful demonstrations for democratic reforms were treacherously exploited against themselves. The noble and just opposition of that time was poisoned by dirty ideas of strive for power, injected by some foreign sponsors, while the Syrian people's right for peaceful life, sovereignty and independence was shattered into pieces. Our country faced military intervention. Terrorism is spreading its reach on the Syrian soil impudently, daringly and devastatingly.However, our desire to put an end to this war is getting stronger with every passing day. The memory of 500,000 souls of our martyred brothers and sisters fuels our desire to liberate Syria. The huge number of victims which continues to grow is desperately crying about the need to end this violent and bloody conflict.Understanding that it is impossible to achieve peace by brutal force only, we demand an immediate and unconditional dialogue about political settlement of Syrian crisis.The war exhausted the people of Syria who have lost all faith in the UN and no longer believe that it is able to restore peace. Our hearts wring with regret and grievous pain when we hear the opposition politicians refuse to participate in the negotiations and reject peace initiatives because of 'non-compliance' with legal formalities, while our children are deprived of home and food. Only political dialogue can bring a long-awaited peace to the Syrian land! This is why we strongly demand an immediate creation of a constitutional commission, organization of a broad discussion of the draft constitution at all political platforms including Geneva and Astana in order to foster the political process for a peaceful settlement. The procedures and terms of power transition must not hamper the discussion of the future of Syria and should not have a negative impact on the emerging peace process. We demand to grant the Syrian Constitutional Commission all the powers, including the right to participate in the negotiations as a force independent from the government and opposition. We demand the collection and analysis of the public opinion and proposals of any Syrian citizen, as well as the elaboration of provisions for discussing the future prototype of the constitution to be included into the duties of the Commission. It is also necessary to give the Constitutional Commission the right to interact with other democratic institutions in order to exchange experience in the domain of state building. The UN and all of the members of the Security Council should facilitate the involvement of all parties in the negotiations. We strongly demand to include the representatives of the opposing sides which are involved into the negotiation process and have confirmed their readiness for a peaceful settlement of the conflict in the Constitutional Commission. Those who reject peaceful settlement must bear responsibility for inciting hatred and waging war against our country and must be brought to international justice. Long live free and independent Syria! الشعب السوري يطالب تشكيل لجنة دستورية لـصياغة ومناقشة الدستور السوري الجديد السيد أنتونيو غوتيريش المحترمالأمين العام للأمم المتحدة سعادة الأمين العام لا تزال الحرب الأهلية في سوريا مستمرة لفترة ستة أعوام وهي أطول من الحرب العالمية الثانية في حين نشهد العنف تمارسه أطارف الصراع بدون أي حدود. ولقد غرق السوريون الذين خرجوا إلى شوارع في غياهب النسيان وتم استغلالهم في خطط ماكرة ضد الشعب السوري وتم تسميم الثورة المباركة بأوامر الرعاة الخارجيين وانتزاع النفوذ والمنافسات والخلافات والاشتباكات والاقتتال وتم تجاهل حق الشعب السوري في السلام تجاهلاً مطلقاً.تواجه بلادنا التدخل العسكري واسع النطاق وظلم الإرهاب والحرب الإعلامية الشرسة الذي خلط بين الخير والشر وقام بإعادة كتابة تاريخ الشعب السوري وتمنع الحرب من إعادة توحيد الأراضي السورية.وعلى رغم كل ذلك فإننا صابرون وصامدون في جهودنا من أجل إنهاء الحرب. نحمل في قلوبنا ذكري إخواننا الشهداء وأخواتنا الشهيدات الذي يلزمنا بمكافحة من أجل تحرير سوريا ويؤكد عدد الضحايا الهائل الحاجة الماسة إلى وقف الصراع الدموي على الفور.بإدراك أن استخدام القوة فقط لا يكفي لاستعادة السلام نطالب تحفيز الحوار السياسي حول إيجاد تسوية للأزمة السورية.إن الشعب السوري تعب من إراقة الدماء وفقد الثقة بقدرة الأمم المتحدة على استعادة السلام. من المؤلم أن نسمع أصوات السياسيين الذرين يرفضون المباحثات وينتقدون المبادرات السلمية بحجة أنها لا توافق الشكليات القانونية في حين يكون أطفالنا جائعين وبلا مأوى.الحوار السياسي مخرج وحيد لإعادة السلام على جميع الأراضي السورية! نطالب بتشكيل لجنة دستورية وتحفيز الحوار المشتمل حول صياغة الدستور الجديد على كافة المنصات المتاحة وفي جنيف وأستانا من أجل تسريع العملية السياسية. نعتقد أن موضوع آلية الانتقال السياسي وموعد له لا يمنعنا من بحث مستقبل سوريا ولا يستطيع أن ينعكس سلبياً على عملية السلام.نطالب منح اللجنة بكافة الحقوق من بينها حق مشاركة في المباحثات بصفة جهة مستقلة من الحكومة والمعارضة وتكليفها بتحليل الرأي العام وقبول الاقتراحات من جميع السوريين وصياغة مواد الدستور الجديد ومنح لها حق التعاون مع المنظمات والهيئات الديموقراطية الأخرى من أجل تبادل الخبرة في مجال بناء الدولة.نطالب الأمم المتحدة وأعضاء مجلس الأمن الدولي بالأخص مساهمة في جمع كافة الأطراف وراء طاولة المباحثات ونطالب تشكيل اللجنة الدستورية من ممثلي الأطراف التي أكدت استعدادها لاستخدام الوسائل السلمية وأما الذين يرفضون التسوية السلمية فنطالب اعتبارهم قائمين بتأجيج الكراهية واشعال الحرب ضد شعبنا وتقديمهم إلى العدالة الدولية. عاشت سوريا حرة أبية

Abdulrahman al-Rashed al-Sumari
15,379 supporters