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Hurricane Irma

28 petitions

Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Congress, The White House, Donald Trump

First Responder Status for the Line Industry

I do not know one Lineman that expects praise, recognition or thanks. However, these brave, hardworking men and women risk their lives everyday to bring comfort and security to people's homes. That is on an easy day! On a storm it gets even worse through sleep deprivation, lack of food and water and horrible weather. I am starting this petition to have those in the Line Industry to be legally recognized as First Responders. Since Hurricane Harvey and Irma hit the United States I have seen post after post on social media sites complaining. Complaining we all have come to get used to, it's expected, but for Linemen and their crews to be turned away from places (restaurants, City Hall's, etc) and not be offered any sort of refreshment because they're not first responders is appalling! They deserve so much better than the treatment they are being given and their families deserve to be able to know that yes, their spouse or significant other is okay and safe. These men rush straight into the storm while others are running away. If that isn't what a brave, courageous first responder looks like, than I truly do not know what does. **Senate Resolution 95, does not "officially" name Linemen as First Responders but does designate a day of recognition, National Lineman's Appreciation Day (April 18th)   113th CONGRESS1st Session  S. RES. 95 Recognizing linemen, the profession of linemen, the contributions of these brave men and women who protect public safety, and expressing support for the designation of April 18, 2013, as National Lineman Appreciation Day. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESApril 10, 2013Mr. Isakson (for himself and Mr. Bennet) submitted the following resolution; which was considered and agreed to RESOLUTIONRecognizing linemen, the profession of linemen, the contributions of these brave men and women who protect public safety, and expressing support for the designation of April 18, 2013, as National Lineman Appreciation Day. Whereas the profession of linemen is steeped in personal, family, and professional tradition; Whereas linemen are often first responders during storms and other catastrophic events, working to make the scene safe for other public safety heroes; Whereas linemen work with thousands of volts of electricity high atop power lines 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to keep electricity flowing; Whereas linemen must often work under dangerous conditions far from their families to construct and maintain the energy infrastructure of the United States; Whereas linemen put their lives on the line every day with little recognition from the community regarding the danger of their work; and Whereas April 18, 2013, would be an appropriate date to designate as National Lineman Appreciation Day: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Senate— (1) recognizes the efforts of linemen in keeping the power on and protecting public safety; and (2) supports the designation of April 18, 2013, as National Lineman Appreciation Day.    

Tina Jones
62,290 supporters
Started 11 months ago

Petition to Senator Anitere Flores, Anitere Flores

Protect our Annual Rentals after Hurricane Irma

Sen. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, introduced Bill 1400 last week that would strip local governments of the right to regulate short-term vacation rentals such as Airbnb and give all such power to the state. Stuebe’s bill states property owners have “constitutionally protected” rights to use their residential properties as vacation rentals. This is wrong. Our local communities have the right to create laws that protect and ensure the quality of life of our neighborhoods. We do this everyday by having laws that prevent home owners from opening bars, restaurants or running businesses from their homes. Our laws are written locally to protect our needs. Politicians in Tallahassee do not know or understand the importance of these laws for our way of life and they should not have the ability to supersede them.  The Lower Keys of Monroe County have laws that prevent short term vacation rentals under 30 days. This law helps cohesion in our small neighborhoods by creating a community who knows and is engaged in preserving our unique Keys lifestyle. Normally by restricting rentals to monthly or yearly leases, this has helped maintain enough housing stock to create affordable housing. With the recent devastation by Hurricane Irma, we have lost a significant amount of affordable rentals. If the remaining rentals become available on a daily basis, we will see a drastic change over night. Weekends will be filled with significantly more traffic as neighborhoods will be over run with visitors. Right now our Sheriffs Office, Hospitals and tourist industries are filled with vacant positions because housing is unaffordable. This will only get worse if this law is allowed to pass. Please contact Senator Flores and ask her to vote No on Bill 1400, the Florida Vacation Rental Act. Also please share and inform your neighbors so we can preserve our local laws and our way of life.  

Lowe Matheson
108 supporters