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Petition to Mike Pushkin, the Honorable Delegate John Shott, the Honorable Speaker Tim Armstead, Delegate Mike Pushkin

Put SB 76, 366, HB 2107, 2536, 2657 (the Second Chance for Employment Act) on the agenda

My name is Amber Miller and when I was 20 years old, I made a mistake. I am not asking for a get out of jail free card. I already paid my debt and did my time. I am asking for a second chance at life. Let me explain. It is still hard for me to talk about what I did over a decade ago. I was young, dumb and running with the wrong crowd…and I had gotten involved with drugs. One day, I needed money, and I knew my grandmother did not lock her door. I snuck in with a friend, and took $30 from her house. I was soon caught and even though my grandmother ultimately forgave me, I was convicted of daytime burglary, a felony, and sentenced to prison. I did not know then what a huge impact this mistake would have on the rest of my life. I am a single mother of two handsome boys. They are the light of my life. All I want to do is provide for them and give them a better life. I went back to school and obtained a degree in Medical Administration, but have been unable to find a job in my field. It seems that as soon as an employer finds out you are a convicted felon, company policy prevents me from being hired. . When I disclosed my charges to CAMC and ResCare, both told me they could not hire me. I wanted to become a social worker so I could help others that find themselves making the same mistakes I did, but that requires a license from the state which convicted felons cannot get. House Bill 2604, a bipartisan bill introduced in the West Virginia Legislature would give me that second chance. The bill, sponsored by Del. Mike Pushkin, D- Kanawha, would create a process by which first time, non-violent offenders could petition the courts for a clean record five years after they have completed their parole or probation.  Applicants would be judged on an individual basis. No conviction involving a gun, sex offense, stalking, domestic violence, malicious wounding, or any crime against a child would be eligible for this program. The bill would give West Virginians like me the ability to return to being responsible, productive members of society. It would put people to work and keep families together. It would provide an extra incentive for recently released West Virginians to stay clean and out of trouble. And it would allow people like me to provide for my children without government assistance, saving taxpayers’ money. This is where you come in. Del. John Shott, the Chair of the House Committee on the Judiciary, is currently the one who decides if this bill is considered. Speaker of the House, Tim Armstead, could also positively influence this bill’s passage. Let them know you support forgiveness, redemption, and giving West Virginians a second chance at life. Del. Shott's number is 304-340-3252. His email is  Speaker Armstead’s number is 304-340-3210. His email is  I have had doors closed in my face for over 10 years. Please help open them.

Amber Miller
817 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Joe Hoppe, Sarah anderson, Greg Davids, Laurie Halvorson, Sheldon Johnson, Eric Pratt, Karin Housley, Paul Gezelka, Gary Dahms, Jenifer Loon, Kurt Daudt, Ron Kresha, Melissa Hortman, Linda Slocum, Chris Swedzinski, Minnesota Governor, Tim O Driscoll, Joyce Peppin, Andrew Schmitt, Dennis Smith, Jon Applebaum, Thomas Bakk, Kelly Fenton, Susan Allen, Regina Barr, Mary Franson, Debra Hilstrom, Bob Loonan, Jim Nash, Dave Pinto, Paul Rosenthal, Daniel Sparks, Bobby Champion, Roger Chamberlain, Jeff Hayden, Mark Koran, Paul Utke

Legalize Sunday liquor sales in Minnesota

Minnesota deserves the right to compete on an even playing field with neighboring states that have already repealed their outdated blue laws. Consumers across Minnesota deserve the right to shop when it's convenient for them - and for many people that's on a Sunday! Repealing this outdated blue law won't force anyone to make a purchase, or any store to be open. It just allows for the possibility. It allows for CHOICE! Antiquated blue laws put Minnesota at a competitive disadvantage with Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and even Canada. Some analysts estimate that legalizing Sunday alcohol sales in Minnesota could generate at least $15million in additional state tax revenue. A poll by Public Policy Polling showed Minnesota voters overwhelming support legalizing Sunday alcohol sales, regardless of party affiliation. Sunday liquor sales are favored by 61 percent of Democrats, and only 22 percent opposed. Republicans are in favor by a 46/38 margin. Independents approve of Sunday sales by a massive 68/23 margin. The bipartisan consensus is measured at more than two-to-one, with 59 percent in favor and 27 percent against. Blue laws are not just a state issue. Minnesota cities also lose revenue from the antiquated laws of a bygone era. In 2011 the Duluth city council passed a resolution to support legislation legalizing Sunday liquor sales. Bring Minnesota out of the dark ages, legalize the sale of liquor, wine, and beer on Sunday.

MN Beer Activists
9,301 supporters