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Petition to Dan Patrick, Greg Abbott, Lois Kolkhorst, Joe Pickett, James Morris

END EGREGIOUS FINES, FEES AND PENALTIES BY TOLL ROADS THROUGH LEGISLATION or LITIGATION.

LEARN MORE HERE: http://www.texastolllawsuit.com & https://www.facebook.com/texastollwayslawsuit/ The State of Texas, the Governors office and indeed the entire state legislature has perpetrated a crime against the citizens of the Great State of Texas! This petition is the result of the backlash building against Toll Roads in Texas. It's happened to you...FINES from the Toll roads that leave you feeling helpless! You are horrified to learn that a few dollars in Toll Road use fees have turned into hundreds or even THOUSANDS of dollars in fines and the toll authority won't work with you. You may have even been sued, lost your ability to register your car or even been arrested? A Convoluted system of Toll Roads in Texas exists with more than 5 different agencies each billing you for use of "their" roads. You can drive around Houston (for example) and be billed by at least 3 different toll agencies. Worst of all many toll roads in Texas are operated independently of government in Austin by private-public partnerships created through political wrangling by state legislation more than a decade ago. This has left Texans with public-private roads masquerading as State Highways. That's right folks, roads that are privately owned while the State of Texas has stopped building anything with our Tax money! These quasi-government agencies are managed by elected officials and private business owners and together they are lining the pockets of fat-cat businessmen with your money. Roads are supposed to be built with tax dollars paid in as Gas Tax but Austin is diverting Gas Tax money  True harm is coming to Texas citizens in the form of egregious fines , harassment, loss of driving privileges, an inability to register vehicles. These and other grievances are being brought by citizens against the current legislated Toll Road system through legislative change or direct litigation. The ultimate tool to let the state know that we, the citizens of Texas no longer support Toll Roads is to petition for a referendum to hear our grievances. State lawmakers MUST agree to listen to our grievances and correct the problems through substantial legislative change to the operation and revenue collection of all Toll Roads in Texas.  If the State will not listen and act, we are prepared to file what may become the largest Class Action Lawsuit in Texas History and seek legal remuneration including injunctive, compensatory, special and incidental damages from the state. Texas Toll Roads are bringing harm to Taxpayers in the form of actual financial harm, frustration, anger, and other harms at an unprecedented level. WE THE PEOPLE DEMAND: 1.  There should be one tolling agency statewide. 2.  Legal Loopholes must be closed to prevent abuse by the "private" for-profit part of Toll road operations. Their nature is in conflict with your right to drive. A set of laws that CLEARLY define, limit and control Toll Roads must be established. 3.  The power to fine, sue and charge excessive fees must be severely limited and prevent economic harm against Texans created by the Legal Loopholes that are used against us. 4.  The creation of protections (A Bill of RIghts) for Citizens against Toll road atrocities. 5.  A Clear and concise operating charter for Toll Roads with a moral duty clause that makes it illegal to work and establish any Toll Project or operating guidelines that would bring economic harm against a Texas Citizen created by the system itself. 6.  The exposure of profits, peoples names and other information by Regional Mobility Authorities. 7.  The the abolition of any and all future toll roads. 8.  Stop diverting Gas Tax money to other programs. 9.  The classification of a "toll" as a "Tax" by admission of the State.  10.  The immediate development of a Gas Tax plan to pay for roads and "Sunset" (eliminate" toll roads within 5 years. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Citizens are sued in an administrative court where the plaintiff (Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson law firm is paying for the Judge to hear the case on behalf of themselves, a private for profit law firm with a very disturbing history of fraud, deceit and other crimes. http://money.cnn.com/interactive/pf/debt-collector/texas-politics/ . These are the people who your state sends you to to sue you! They are in business to make a profit. Administrative judges they use are often paid 2 to 3 times the normal pay for a judge at this level and the preponderance of the evidence agrees that citizens are found guilty in more than 95% of all cases. Most cases are won on technicality and the penalty does not match the crime making toll road fines a clear violation of the;  The 8th amendment of the constitution of the United States and the section 13 of the Texas State Constitution which bar the collection of excessive fines. The state of Texas has created legislation that allows it to outsource toll violations and assess unbelievably egregious fines against its' own citizens in a manner that is harmful to citizens. That harm is not chartered within the state constitution. All laws are to be chartered for the benefit of the people not against them. This situation was created when; Put simply, the system harms citizens financially and therefore violates the Texas Constitution and the United States Constitution. The State lawmakers, our employees, have created a system that prosecutes citizens for even accidental infractions on our toll roads that are prosecuted by private law firms, not the State of Texas additionally; The toll violation system clearly violates the Due Process Guarantee contained within the Texas Constitution, The state may have failed to meet its' evidentiary burden  by any citizen from a civil penalty and administrative reprocessing fees applied against a vehicle owner under the under the process authorized by law. More specifically this means that private citizens are being sued by someone other than the State of Texas for toll road violations. Many complain of never receiving notice which violates their right to due process. Once the charges are sent to the third party collection firm, they assess egregious fines and fees that harms citizens egregiously because the fines are more than 50 times the actual toll charges. This is far beyond anything allowed by consumer credit lawsuit. By its very nature, a private law firm has a conflict of interest in filing lawsuits on behalf of the State against private citizens in administrative courts. Furthermore, the private lawfirm Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP as well as other firms use "administrative Courts" to sue private Citizens which are essentially courts for hire by the lawfirm. And Linebarger in particular is a nasty one! http://money.cnn.com/interactive/pf/debt-collector/texas-politics/ . All Tolling authorities are required to operate under TXDOT but TXDOT does not have total control over the independent agencies that toll all of us and this lack of defined, well written legal rules allows too much leeway within each toll road agency to operate independently. Reciprocal agreements between agencies are completely inadequate to protect citizens, causing thousands of tax paying citizens to be sued, spend too much personal time dealing with toll issues and no clear means of resolving issues in a timely or easy manner. When someone using a different tolling agency has a tag malfunction, fines are assessed immediately and the burden of proof of innocence is pushed back onto the taxpayer citizen who must fight to have the fees removed, taking substantial time or concede and pay fines that are automatically assessed. This is insanity in the 21st century. Each agency has no way to look up the license plates of other agencies. They also do not attempt to re-bill 3 times as they do with their own customers. They will instead often waive some fees if you agree to get an account with that agency essentially bribing you to leave your old agency to reduce the fees easily. This is unacceptable. It may even violate the FTC Deceptive Trade and Practiced Act. It can cause harm to any company or agency or individual who travels as you cannot have two tags on your windshield or they will potentially both read. What is a citizen to do? They are to demand the State fix this issue. The issue is that the private parties operating the toll roads each want their money! Toll road revenue is being used to build new toll roads to collect even more fees from citizens of the State of Texas. Tolling should not be allowed to perpetuate itself by making loans to other tolling agencies to build more Toll Roads. As an example, HCTRA loaned $20 million dollars to another http://www.chron.com/news/transportation/article/Harris-County-OKs-20M-loan-for-MoCo-toll-road-5997311.php that it earned from fees on the Beltway 8 Toll Road in Houston! If the Beltway 8 project is paid for, per the advertisement on the bond sold to the residents of Harris County, the Beltway 8 Toll Road was to become Free once paid for!. Yes, it was supposed to be free once paid for. Harris County has NOT kept its word with the citizens of the City of Houston. This is treasonous and malicious intent to defraud. Beltway 8 is a cash cow for the City who continues to increase taxes. Harris County is making money hand over fist off of tolls yet they continue to raise property taxes...why? Because it is never enough and nobody is stopping them! Gas Taxes could lower toll road fees, pay off other debts or improve schools but instead it is being funneled to Toll us even more. Toll Roads are a form of Double Taxation. The State of Texas continues to abuse Gas Tax revenue by channeling it to non-road projects. This is a serious breech of the definition of the what the Gas Tax is for. We must stop the legislation in the State of Texas from earmarking Gas Tax money for special projects that have nothing to do with roads! Using a Gas Tax uniformly taxes all citizens for roads instead of an undue burden for those that live in a city. Texas gas tax has not changed in decades and remained steady at 20 cents per gallon - yet we have the 2nd largest state in the union and an enormous road system to maintain. Most other states are at 27 to 30 cents per gallon. So we are diverting Gas Taxes away from Roads. Representative Doug Miller introduced SB 1110 (in 2013), that heists property taxes (through appraisal increases) for transportation projects and expands the use of Transportation Reinvestment Zones (TRZ) from strictly FREEways to toll roads, rail, transit, and dedicated bike lanes. WE"RE DIVERTING GAS TAX AWAY FROM TOLL ROADS AND THIS GUY WANTS TO TAKE YOUR PROPERTY TAXES TO MAKE UP FOR THE TAX SHORTAGE ON ROADS - THAT ARE BEING TAKEN FROM GAS TAXES. ROBBING PETER TO PAY PAUL.  Harris County has commandeered our Freeway lanes for additional revenue which should be a crime. Toll Road fees are egregious. They are charging as much as $400 per month for a driver to travel to and from work downtown and back to Katy 5 days a week. That is more than the cost of a new Honda Accord per month! It is egregious. Toll road fines are an abomination. Current Legislation does not go far enough TXDOT, NTTRA, HCTRA, TXTAG the State of Texas ETC MUST give everyone a chance to voice their complaints and seek relief in the form of compensatory, injunction and punitive damages against all of the agencies, their law firms and private tolling companies. It is vital that you speak up and express your concerns to drive corrective action against one of the most corrupt and abusive institutions within the state by signing this petition. Another complaint observed is the "License Plate" issue where citizens buy new cars and have a hard time getting the actual metal plates after purchase. For example: Buying cars out of state. If your plate is not associated with your account within 30 days, you will be fined and sued under the current law. Fines are higher than allowed under Federal Credit laws that consumers are protected by. These federal laws include the Fair Debt Collections Act, Deceptive Trade and Practices Act and the FCRA or Fair Credit Reporting Act, as well as others. Texas also has strict debt collection practice laws but none of them adequately provide extension for protections for toll road operations. Unless we collectively stand firm and sue, they will continue to harm citizens and cause thousands of hours of lost productivity to corporations across the state dealing with the extreme incompetence, negligent and even hostile activities conducted against private citizens. Additionally most Texans do not recognize that Toll Roads are become more mainstream than tax-money paid construction projects. There is a serious issue with the growth of Toll Road construction even with the increased revenue from taxpayers and toll revenues. Toll Roads are getting first priority for construction in potential or needed growth areas instead of Tax funded projects because the state is not spending tax money on roads as they should! This means that the State is earning greater revenue by tolling your ability to drive instead of using the money they collect in your taxes to pay for construction and maintenance of roads. All together, these and other issues MUST be dealt with swiftly by WE THE PEOPLE before they get out of hand. What kind of world allows a free highway to install toll booths only for the overpasses and the rest stays free? Why is it that inter-agency cooperation does not protect your ability to drive without fear of penalty on other agency roads? Please take a moment to tell us what you have experienced AND to let us know how we can stop this together. Together we can greatly change the oversight and toll road authority ability to tax, charge and build toll roads and help keep driving free or reduce the cost of driving by strong legislation to keep the tolling authorities and legislators in check.

Texas Toll Road Class Action Lawsuit
20,919 supporters
Started 6 days ago

Petition to RODNEY FRELINGHUYSEN NJ DISTRICT 11 REPRESENTATIVE

FASCIST CONGRESSMAN FRELINGHUYSEN MUST RESIGN!

                             PETITION FOR REMOVAL FROM OFFICE           In the matter of Representative FRELINGHUYSEN, 11th Congressional District, New Jersey: On March21, 2017, FRELINGHUYSEN wrote a letter to a Mr. Joseph O'Dowd, a board member of the Lakeland Bank. In this letter was an appeal for money. FRELINGHUYSEN also complained about attacks from "organized forces." In a handwritten note at the bottom of his letter FRELINGHUYSEN stated "one of the ringleaders works in your bank".           FRELINGHUYSEN’s handwritten note resulted in Saily Avelenda, an employee at the Lakeland Bank, having to resign her job.           Actions such as FRELINGHUYSEN's   can have a chilling effect on American citizens' exercise of their First Amendment right to free speech.           The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.   Whereas:  The U.S. Constitution, Article VI, clause 3 states: “The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.” Therefore:           Representative Frelinghausen, by your action to punish an American citizen for the exercise of her Constitutionally granted First Amendment rights, you have violated your oath of office to support the Constitution of the United States.           We the undersigned demand your immediate resignation of your office.    

charles davenport
15 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Diane Lozano (State Public Defender), Reporter (Riverton Ranger), Senior Senator Michael Enzi, Junior Senator John Barrasso, Congressman Cynthia Lummis, Governor Matt Mead, Wendy Soto, Shannon Howshar, Wyoming Attorney General

JUDICIAL MISCONDUCT, INADEQUATE MEDICAL CARE

On November 10,2013 an older woman was robbed at gun point at wal mart in Riverton,Wyoming. My son, Curtis Russell Oldman is currently serving a prison sentence. He was originally charged with Conspiracy to commit a felony (a felony) in violation of Wyoming State Statute 6-1-303 and also served two Fremont County Sheriffs office warrants for arrest. He pled not guilty to the felony charge. He was the only one that got a prison sentence. The driver, a female, was Curtis girlfriend, was charged with conspiracy to commit a felony (a felony) in violation of Wyoming State statute 6-1-303, reckless endangering in violation of Wyoming state statute 6-2-504, fleeing or attempting to elude police in violation of Wyoming state statute 31-5-225, reckless driving in violation of Wyoming state statute 31-5-229, and drivers license required in violation of Wyoming state statute 31-7-106 (a). The driver was sentenced to 9 months in a halfway house. She has since been released. No fine, no restitution. The person that did the robbery was a male juvenile, younger brother to Curtis. He got 10 months in the Wyoming Boys school, he was released in November 2014. No fine, no restitution, no probation. When law enforcement stopped the vehicle, another occupant,female, older sister to the driver,was riding in vehicle like my son. She was handcuffed and placed under arrest. After all occupants in the vehicle were detained,the arresting officer unhandcuffed the other female occupant,drivers older sister. The arresting officer stated that she had been cooperative and she had an illness,schizophrenic. The driver and the male juvenile waived their preliminary hearings and appeared together in the District court room for their charges and trial date. During this time Curtis was still in the Circuit court waiting for prosecutor to present evidence that he was guilty of this felony. The Judge in District court read the driver and the juvenile their charges and set trial for March 10,2014. The District Judge then asked where the other two defendants were,he thought there was four involved in the case. The prosecutor stated that there was only three defendants involved and the other defendant, Mr.Oldman pled not guilty and is still in circuit court. The Judge said that he wanted to have trial for all defendants in this case on the same day so, save a place on the same date for Mr. Oldman,as the other defendants, March 10,2014. My son had a trial date and he didn't even appear for his preliminary yet. During his preliminary hearing the Circuit court Judge did not hear enough evidence that my son could be charged for conspiracy. The prosecutor did not agree and argued that conspiracy has many elements and Mr.Oldman was there. My sons public defender said Being there does not say he conspired. If being there is conspiracy,why didn't they charge the other female occupant? She was there too. The Circuit court Judge told prosecutor he had a meeting at 3 pm. and if he could come up with something on Mr.Oldman that falls under conspiracy, I will consider this. My son was never told why he was bound over to District court. We still don't know. Curtis was then taken to District court and read his charges and continued to plead not guilty. Trial date was set prior to appearing and entering his plea. He then was taken back to Circuit court for the two arrest warrants from the Sheriffs office. He pled not guilty to a probation revocation,he explained his situation and was found guilty and given a year in county jail for probation revocation.   The other female occupant was mentioned once during my sons preliminary hearing and when the other two defendants appeared in District court. Yet the state prosecution had her subpeoned to testify against my son at his trial. He was found guilty. During sentencing the District judge said,"I have no reason to believe that you didn't take part,you was the oldest in the vehicle and did nothing to stop this. I believe you orchestrated this crime. I am sentencing you to 5-10 years. My son was given an appeal. There was a judge on the Supreme court of appeals that was related to the victim. An alternate judge took the seat. Another judge knew the family of the victim, but sat through the hearing. He was denied his appeal. My son had a trial date and he never appeared in the other court room to hear if the state had enough evidence to charge him with a felony. The Circuit court, during his preliminary hearing, gave the prosecution time to present other evidence that we never seen or heard. Curtis was given an extension by District judge at the request of his paid attorney on his 180 day right to a speedy trial,without my son knowing this. The jurors consist of 1 being the neighbor of arresting officer, 1 that worked at the same place as the victim, 1 that was the neighbor to head investigator, 1 that had been a clerk for over 10 years, that is still employed, in the same court room where Curtis was convicted. Another was a victim in a different and similar crime that my son is charged with. Paid attorney did not speak on behalf of my son, he was once a public defender. He was upset because he wanted $2,000 more and family didn't have it. I seen him speaking to the driver of the vehicle and her older sister,the other occupant that was not charged,I approached him and asked why he was talking to them,they are witnesses against his client. He said that he could speak to whoever he wanted to about my sons case as he recalled I never paid him what was owed. Video of the robbery was unclear,it was a copy. The original was locked in the evidence room about 30 miles from the court room. Trial lasted 4 days,plenty of time to present the original video. Evidence of two pistols,air guns with no prints from Curtis or juvenile defendant. Expert witness stated that, the climate where we are in Wyoming does not allow anyone to produce enough oils in our bodies to leave finger prints on rigid items such as fire arms. He also stated there was still one test that they didn't get the results back yet. The female driver said she never seen Curtis in the vehicle. The older sister that was in the vehicle was asked several questions with the response of no no no no, over and over again. The arresting officer said she was on patrol when she heard the call on the radio. She followed the vehicle that fit the description,she chased it out of her jurisdiction at rapid speeds. She said her video camera was not working that day. No video of the chase or arrest presented as evidence. Arresting officer said she was informed by dispatch that they were contacting other agency. She also said, that agency joined in the chase. My son didn't have any witnesses at his trial. I was there during the arrest,it was on my property. No other agency took part in the chase federal agent showed up after the arrest and after law enforcement already transported. Paid attorney had my son get on stand and testify for himself. No evidence of purse that contained a $2,500 government check inside was ever seen or presented as evidence that was taken from victim. Not even a picture was taken to prove as evidence. This evidence was given back to victim at city hall.victim identified robber in a line up where the male juvenile was sitting in a room behind a one way window/mirror,she looked at him for less than 1 second and positively identified juvenile as the person who approached her. He was the only person in this interview room. My son, Curtis Russell Oldman, has been a diabetic since the age of 9 years. Insulin dependant, a very life threatening illness. I have pictures of his feet and legs taken a few months after his arrest. Doctors at the prison gave him 1 year before complete kidney failure. This was in February 2015. Its been 1 year and 9 months and several surgeries for, I don't know what. He is also being sent bills in his name at the prison for these surgeries. It has been almost 2 years that he has been at complete kidney failure,and hasn't even started dialysis. Without proper medical care, my son will die. I got a call from him last night, November 4,2016. He says " Momma, I need a visit, I'm sick, my back hurts so much. Tell everyone that they need to start getting tested to see who can give me a kidney. I'll talk to you when I see you and don't bring no money for the vending machine,because I'm trying real hard to take care of myself. I love you, Momma." I have 7 children. Curtis is the oldest of 4 boys. As I write this with tears in my eyes,we have always looked up to him for being so strong at a young age,to endure all that he has,to never giving up on life, He is the heart of this family. I have been fighting for his innocence since the day of his arrest November 10,2013. I know that whoever reads my story,to hear me, will help bring my son, Curtis Russell Oldman #29571, home before he dies. He will be going before the parole board in January 2017.  I am pleading for your help. Please respond to my letter at: pamelasixfeathers@gmail.com or Pamela Sixfeathers 757 South Beverly #2 Casper,Wyoming -82601- (307) 240-0080  Thank you for your time. Pamela Sixfeathers,mother of Wyoming inmate, Curtis Russell Oldman #29571  

Pamela Oldman
44 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Rick Snyder

Harmless Elderly Woman is Decades Overdue for Release from Michigan Prison.

TimeToFreeKaren.org Commute Karen: 69 yrs old; 29 yrs in prison; passed every test for parole eligibility with flying colors; & the 2 trial judges who sentenced her decades ago want her released. Now. In 1988, Karen was convicted of second degree murder for defending herself against her abusive husband in their home in 1987. After 3 decades behind bars, Karen is overdue for release. Here' why: Karen has participated in taken nearly every rehabilitation opportunity & practically all of MDOCs programs while in prison Karen has shown remorse for her crime and accepted complete responsibility for her criminal behavior; Karen has met every standard of excellence for a prisoner; Karen has passed every test for parole eligibility with flying colors; Karen scored a 17 on her Parole Guidelines Evaluation. Any score above a 3 is considered high eligible for parole;                                                                     Karen is 69 years old, blind in one eye and poses no threat to society                                                                Karen has a Michigan Parole Board Approved Home waiting for her upon her release. Additionally, Norman Lippitt, the very judge who tried Karen's case in 1987 has been advocating for her release for over 25 years, even pleading at her parole hearing last year.  And Lippitt’s successor, Judge Barry Howard who reversed her conviction in 1993, continues to support her commutation.  Furthermore, when Karen is released, she has a church and a local community waiting to support her. And she has over $40,000 in savings. Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility - where Karen is incarcerated - is reportedly 100 inmates over capacity and the MDOC is looking for ways to make more room for the influx of inmates. It costs tax payers up to $70,000 a year to keep women like Karen in that prison.  Lets #ReinventMichigan. Lets use our money wisely - and not by keeping women who are harmless to society behind bars. Governor Snyder, you can commute Karen's sentence at any time.  Commute Karen's sentence for her 69th Birthday. February 3, 2017.  AND Make the Difference and Donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/freedomforkaren/fundraiser/FreedomForAll

#TimeToFreeKaren
179 supporters