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Petition to Governor Tom Wolf - Pennsylvania, PA Rep. Mike Turzai, PA Senator Joseph Scarnati, Pennsylvania State House, Pennsylvania State Senate

Allow Pennsylvania licensees to sell spirits for take-out & delivery thru 12/31/20

The COVID pandemic has shut down non-essential businesses, but Pennsylvania has decided that grocery stores and beer distributors (as well as our local brewers, distillers, and vintners!) can stay open. That still leaves the market for legal alcohol sadly underserved. The State Stores are closed, and the PLCB's website is proving unable to meet customer demand. Individual statewide deliveries from only three warehouses put added stress on a delivery chain that's needed for medical supplies. There is a simple, elegant solution that has benefits for all: allow Pennsylvania's restaurants, taverns, and beer distributors to sell wine, beer, spirits, and cider for take-out and local delivery. Ontario just made a similar allowance through the end of the year.  Given the current devastating restrictions on the restaurant and hospitality industry, there is a strong likelihood that many of these businesses will close and never re-open. Every one of them will leave unemployed citizens, blighted neighborhoods, weakened banks; shocks that will echo throughout the state. If these businesses are to remain open in order to rehire laid-off employees after the emergency, they need every opportunity to stay afloat. We need to allow them to create profit where they can, and they can fill the hole that the State Stores have left. Restaurant people are licensed, trained, and motivated. They are already paying their taxes on every bottle sold. Most of them already have an inventory of spirits that is a frozen asset. Let them sell that and make money to pay employees, rent, utilities, and debt, a chance to re-open fully when the crisis abates. Beer distributors, also licensed and trained, need to be allowed to sell wine and spirits simply in the name of fairness. They are doing their part to serve Pennsylvania citizens' needs in the crisis, they deserve to continue to survive this. The PLCB's wholesale arm is supplying large customers, like supermarket chains, with wine. In the name of fairness, in the name of economic survival, they need to supply all licensees who can safely do take-out or delivery sales in their neighborhoods. The addition of spirits to trucks that are already on the road is a no-brainer answer to the problem of spirit sales to citizens (without the risks of statewide home delivery). Infrastructure is already in place, or can be put in place quickly with the assistance of the PLCB's wholesale suppliers, who have already offered to help. That means more jobs for Pennsylvanians. There is no good reason why this should not be allowed. The only thing holding it back is laws that were put in place as much as 85 years ago. That was a different time; Prohibition was repealed to help meet an economic crisis. Once again, we find ourselves in very different times, and new laws are needed to meet new crises. Help the hospitality industry now, and change this rule immediately. This can make a huge difference to the future of literally thousands of small businesses, and tens of thousands of employees, across Pennsylvania.

Lew Bryson
7,261 supporters
Update posted 28 minutes ago

Petition to Preferred Campus Management, American campus communities, University of Central Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis, The White House, Florida Representitives, Mayor Buddy Dyer

Allow Students Who Live Off-Campus to Terminate Their Lease

Many students, like me, and their families lost their job due to COVID-19 and are not able to afford their rent. UCF asked students to return to their permanent residence yet the off-campus housing apartments are still charging us rent and threatening late fees/penalties and giving us slim to no options. Students have enough debt as it is this is just added pressure during extremely unprecedented and difficult times. The UCF Interim President, Thad Seymour, Jr. sent out a letter to all off-campus student housing managers requesting them to work with students on a case by case basis and to consider granting early lease terminations, as UCF has begun processing refunds for on-campus student housing.  UCF sent an alert to all students (attached) stating the following: "UCF Alert UCF Alert - Sent: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 12:32 PM "UCF has taken strategic actions to depopulate the campus over the past several weeks. By tonight, students who reside in UCF Housing should have returned to their permanent residences. Those with extenuating circumstances remaining on campus and students in off-campus housing must abide by the order. Students currently off campus should not return to UCF until further notice." According to this UCF Bulletin dated 3/25/2020, students were asked to return to their permanent residents, and therefore by following pertinent instructions from the direction of their university, we are now prejudiced to be held accountable for our lease obligations. Since students were informed from UCF that the rest of their spring and summer semesters will be online and stay home at their permanent resides, therefore the remainder of our leases should be terminated as most Spring/Summer leases end in July 31, 2020. The off-campus affiliated housing facilities including Plaza on University, Knights Circle, The Retreat, The Station, The Point, Mercury 3100 and many more complexes are holding students at bay by threatening consequences if payments are not made in the timely fashion. They are blatantly breaking the law and taking advantage of college students and again giving us incredible stress when President Trump distinctly gave a reprieve to help those affected during this astounding economic collapse, from the horrid pandemic. THEY ARE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF STUDENTS THIS MUST END AND WE MUST BE ALLOWED TO TERMINATE OUR LEASES IF WE CAN'T AFFORD TO PAY THEM!!!!

Sara Goldstein
1,840 supporters
Update posted 46 minutes ago

Petition to Bob Duff, Mayor Harry Rilling, City of Norwalk

Norwalk Against Littergloves

I, Lindsay Lewis, a resident of Norwalk am starting this petition on behalf of other residents of Norwalk to address the ongoing littering of worn gloves, masks, wipes, and other used materials in places other than designated litter receptacles. I am requesting for an official order be brought forth throughout the city of Norwalk to prevent individuals from disposing of their litter on the ground. I believe most have noticed this, including yourself, and feel most unsettled at the blatant disregard for our city and its residents and visitors. According to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Connecticut has had an anti-litter law since around 1897. Around that time, fines were set at $20 if caught throwing your trash out on highways or streets. Littering has since been made an infraction and while an infraction is not a crime, it is against the law to litter. (Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection 2020) The Connecticut Anti-Litter Law CGS Sec. 22a-250: "No person shall throw, scatter, spill or place or cause to be blown, scattered, spilled, thrown or placed, or otherwise disposed of any litter upon any public property in this state or upon any private property in this state not owned by him, or in any waters of this state..."  CGS Sec. 22a-248 defines "Litter" as "...any discarded, used or unconsumed substance or waste material, whether made of aluminum, glass, plastic, rubber, paper, or other natural or synthetic material, or any combination thereof, including, but not limited to, any bottle, jar or can, or any top, cap or detachable tab of any bottle, jar or can, any unlighted cigarette, cigar, match or any flaming or glowing material or any garbage, trash, refuse, debris, rubbish, grass clippings or other lawn or garden waste, newspaper, magazines, glass, metal, plastic or paper containers or other packaging or construction material which has not been deposited in a litter receptacle." With this said, our city of Norwalk has noticed a new trend amidst the COVID-19 pandemic; though far from trendy. Individuals are irresponsibly discarding their worn gloves, face masks, wipes, and other used items on the ground. We refer to these individuals as “Littergloves” also known as litterbugs. While most public places have litter receptacles located throughout for the purpose of using them, it appears to be easier for some to simply chuck the worn and possibly infectious items on the grounds of these highly footed areas. Our question is, why? Why is this happening and what is being done to mitigate the likelihood of such offensive behavior? We are aware this is happening at a nation-wide level, yet our residency lies in Norwalk. We need to be especially vigilant of our own actions now more than ever. We need to do whatever we can to contain this virus and slow the spread, which includes placing our own litter into the garbage. We need to do better; as a city, as a community, as people. We are urging our city officials to take immediate action on this probable offense. Please carefully consider the following actions: •An official order for the city of Norwalk to abide by. This alone can deter littergloves from irresponsible discarding of their litter. •Posting visible signage in public areas of Norwalk with said orders. Increases awareness.•Urging businesses in Norwalk to post similar signage. Increases awareness.  •Imposing strict fines on individuals (littergloves) caught in the act of littering any discarded materials as defined above as “litter” anywhere other than litter receptacles. Similar to cell phone use while driving fines, the first offense will start at $150, the second offense will increase to $300, and so on.  •Urging those who witness someone littering to report the incident. Capturing photo, video, and details of location and persons can help. In essence, if you see something, say something. This can also help law enforcement figure out which areas need to be patrolled more than others.  •Litter receptacles placed at each cart return area of grocery store parking lots. This seems to be one of our biggest problem areas.  •Bag stands placed at each litter receptacle. Similar to that of pet waste bag stands for individuals to bag and tie their used items before placing in receptacles. This will also provide an extra layer of protection for those essential workers handling our garbages.  It is our hope the above actions would prevent such individuals from littering and keep our residents and visitors of Norwalk safe and healthy throughout this troubling time. Your responsiveness to the city’s concerns thus far make us certain that you will give weight to these requests. Thank you for your time and urgent attention to this matter. Sincerely, Lindsay Lewis References “Litter.”, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection,

Lindsay Lewis
95 supporters