34 petitions

Started 6 days ago

Petition to HOA REFORM, HOAUSA , Dr. Ben Carson

Federal Civil rights protections for residents of HOA governed neighborhoods

What is the problem or deficiency in the present law which this bill seeks to remedy?======================================================There are almost 400,000 HOA-governed communities in the United States. As of 2012, the estimated real estate value of homes in community associations is almost $4.5 trillion, which is approximately 30 percent of the total value of all U.S. real estate, and with that in mind, we should demand that governing bodies will have a supervising agency, in every state, that would provide legal protection to residents in HOA governed neighborhoods. (1) The main issue is that the monthly dues collected by the association are used to finance the association’s legal representation, but not the residents who pay them. Currently, if a resident is being mistreated by their HOA, he/she/they can only resort to “backing down” or retaining a legal counsel that could cost thousands of dollars monthly. Hiring an attorney, who may or may not resolve the situation, is costly and and that is why most residents avoid conflict with their HOA or sit quietly while their neighbor is being mistreated in their presence. My proposal would end all that. After the legislation would pass, it will lead to the creation of supervising HOA agency, that would provide legal support to residents in HOA governed neighborhoods, in each of the 50 states, or in California to start. This idea is not new and it already passed in the great state of Nevada. From what I’ve gathered, every HOA gets charged $4.25/month/home by this newly formed agency. As a result, many HOA boards prefer to reach a compromise than to fight in court. After all, now that residents can get FREE legal representation, the boards legal advantage has been eliminated. The supervising agency will also provide neutral election services and will process the elections for ALL HOA governed neighborhoods. This service will eliminate voter fraud. 2) No late fees can be assessed to accounts will less than 3 months delinquency. 3) Forbid builders and anyone who is affiliated with them from serving on HOA boards. The HOA members can only be actual residents, who live in the neighborhood. This rule will prevent builders from influencing contracts, or bully neighbors who want to take legal action against them. ====================================================== Please list organizations, groups, or individuals who (to your knowledge) are likely to support or oppose this legislation?====================================================== Support : residents in HOA neighborhoods or co-ops.Attorneys that represent residents who reside in HOA communities and co-ops, as well as anyone who is affected by the Davis-Sterling law.Activist for “keeping organizations/local governments in check”.management companies who often get stuck in the middle, between Boards and residents.Civil rights groups and attorneys.Realtors, who want residents to improve property values.Judges, who normally don’t side with HOA boards, because of the abuse that is tasing place 99% of the time.Contractors, who wait months, if not years, for the board’s approval and variance.Escrow and title companies who take months to process the sale of a property, because of the HOA’s slow processing and insistence on the reimbursement of fines.10. Cities, counties, police, fire and State agencies, who their decision is ofter irrelevant and their are b=not allowed to do their jobs. For example, prevent the police from accessing the gates if a fugitive is running into the gated neighborhood. City engineers, who are familiar with the weather elements, issue permits and letter to homeowners and the HOA voids those, without considering the consequences.11. Seniors, who are often unaware of the HOA board foreclosing on their home.12. Environmentalists.13. PITA, human Society, ASPCA. Oppose:Members who serve on HOA boards. Although, I serve on the board and I propose all these changes, because I couldn’t make any changes for my community being the only one who thinks the way I companies who work with builders or favor boards over residents.buildershorrible neighbors that have nothing else to do other than make their neighbors miserable.people who make money from the enforcement of HOA rules or do business with boards.   7) What are the estimated potential local and state costs associated with this bill? There is no cost to voters. The bill will create thousands of jobs in each state.

Kelly Knight
39 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Kathryn Conley Wehrmann, PhD, MSW, LCSW, Ann Truesdell, Cyndi Reichenbach, Executive Officer, Jon Tester, Greg Gianforte, Steve Bullock

Social Work Title Protection - Montana

Across the state of Montana, the title “social worker” is used inconsistently and inappropriately to describe many types of workers with varying experience and training. This misrepresentation negatively impacts the integrity of our profession and licenses.  It also creates confusion regarding our qualifications and expertise for our providers and colleagues in organizations across the state such as hospitals, schools, and mental health facilities. We need your support of this petition to request that NASW Montana and the Montana Board of Behavioral Health begin work to introduce a bill to the Montana legislation ensuring title protection for social workers and action for misrepresentation. Further, that any individual classified as a social worker has earned a degree in social work from an accredited college or university. Quotes from the NASW Code of Ethics and the 2013 California legislation – AB252 NASW Code of Ethics - 5.01 (e) Social workers should act to prevent the unauthorized and unqualified practice of social work. 2013 California legislation – AB252 - “The title ‘social worker’ invokes the shared history, training, ethics and practices of a 115-year-old profession.” “We need to ensure that anyone who uses the title meets those well-established standards. This is about truth in advertising.”  (Eggman, CA, 2013) “The title ‘social worker’ presumes a high standard of education, a solid grounding in professional ethics, and rigorous real-world training. A consumer has the right to assume that a person with the title meets a high standard of competency and integrity, which cannot be guaranteed when services are provided without a social work degree.” (Yamada, CA, 2013)

J. Finn
161 supporters
Update posted 5 months ago

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Mountain Bike Trails in Door County

Please sign this petition if you would like to see purpose built, single track mountain biking trails in Door County!   Door County Silent Sports Alliance maintains that recreation is important for all aspects of life and indeed forms a lifestyle.  In Door County we are blessed with a multitude of parks and waters to recreate on.  However, one of the major silent sports is noticeably absent on the peninsula, and that is mountain biking. DCSSA is currently working with national and regional trail building and advocacy experts, and local property managers and officials, to establish a county-wide purpose built trail system in Door County that will appeal to everyone. Even though mountain biking is the driving force behind these trails, the majority of trails planned would support and appeal to multiple user groups such as walkers, hikers, runners, snowshoers, and fat bikers.   Mountain biking has stimulated the economy in numerous areas where high quality trail systems have been built. There are several areas in the Midwest that have benefited substantially from this approach by establishing and executing on plans to draw mountain bike tourists. A few of these are Duluth (MN), Marquette (MI), Copper Harbor (MI), and the Cable (WI) area trail systems, all of which have earned IMBA (International Mountain Bicycling Association) Ride Center designations which are recognized and promoted world wide. Door County already has the all the existing infrastructure and attractions to capitalize on the enhanced tourist visits. Door County residents, tourists, and businesses could benefit greatly from the added tourist draw, especially since these types of trails will draw tourists in the critical shoulder and winter seasons.    Not only are the trails instrumental in redirecting local young people from inside to outside and healthier pursuits, but also to the local business owner, who will see the dramatic effect that a high quality, well planned trail system has in increasing tourism. Benefits of a trail system are many, and effect a wide spectrum of the local population.   Whether you are a parent concerned about you children’s health, a teen who wants to be able to bike on fun, purpose built trails, or someone who would use the new trails for walking or snowshoeing, please help spread the word. Business owners, add your support and help draw bike tourists during the critical shoulder seasons and attract winter fat bike and snowshoe tourists.   YOUR support is critical in the success of our mission.  Please sign this petition if you would like to see more purpose built, single track mountain biking trails in Door County!

Chris Miller
783 supporters
Started 6 months ago

Petition to , Bella Hadid, Lina Esco, Chelsea Handler, Amber Rose, Alanis Morrisette, Cara Delevingne, Lena Dunham, Naomi Campbell, Suki Waterhouse, Bella Thorne, Scout Willis, Chrissy Teigen, Olivia Wilde, Rihanna, Kendall Jenner, Emily Ratajkowski, miley cyrus

Uncensor, in the sense of media + the public view, female breasts.

As times press forward, we must be progressive in our legislation. We can't stick with old traditional laws. They simply don't hold a place in modernized culture. The "Free The Nipple" movement is, to put it simply, the proposal that we should uncensor the female breast (more specifically the nipple) both in the sense of public view and the media.  Women's rights have been fought for for a little over a century. It all began in the late 1800s and early 1900s with the actions of Jane Addams, Susan B. Anthony, and other women's rights activists. One of the biggest milestones during this time was women earning the right to vote. Little by little, because of actions from people like Addams and Anthony, women have become more and more equal to men. A century later, we're still fighting to make women absolutely equal to men. The latest craze is the "Free The Nipple" movement. This might not seem like it's within the same ballpark as voting rights, but it's still a fight for equality, no? For some odd reason, only women's nipples are censored or deemed to be "inappropriate" in the sense of public view and media. Some media platforms, such as Facebook and Instagram, unfairly take down pictures of women with their breasts exposed while men are able to post topless photos of themselves without repercussion. If men are allowed to bare their chests on an Instagram post, women should be allowed to do the same. Considering this country was founded on puritan values, it's no question why any sort of "exposure" was considered indecent. However, men fought and won for their right to expose their chests in the 1930s. Prior to this, men also faced the same issue as women: risk of arrest for "indecent" exposure. Women should be able to enjoy the exact same freedoms as men. It's because of the risk of arrest, a criminal record, and being treated like a "freak" or "social outcast" from the stigma that some women are afraid to speak out and act. Social conformity is what's preventing us from being progressive. Realistically, in "modern" civilization, there should be no laws that bar any one gender, ethnicity, or color from the same freedoms others get to enjoy. Gender discrimination and sexism should no longer exist. If we want to progress as a nation, we can begin by not sexualizing breasts in situations they aren't meant to be sexualized in. Remember: The primary function of the breast is to feed children. It is NOT inherently sexual in the sense of sex. Fetishization of the breast is a purely a product of culture. They cannot be compared with genitalia. Also, don't forget: The media and especially the porn industry continue to sexualize breasts in culture because they make money off of it. If there's one extra thing they can make a quick buck with, you can bet they'll support it. In this case: they support the over-sexualization of female breasts. Since the media reaches out to large audiences, it has a huge influence on these audiences. Thus, the culture of over-sexualization spreads. If we fight for the Free The Nipple movement, soon enough, women will become closer in equality to men! No one should have to feel ashamed of their body!  Let's get rid of gender discrimination and sexism in the modern world once and for all! --- (Quick introduction of myself: My name is David A., and as I am writing this (4/23/2018), I am a 17-year-old senior in high school in New Jersey. I strive to be a humanitarian, philanthropist, human rights activist, and computer scientist when I grow up. Ever since I was a child, I've dreamt of making the world a better place. One of the biggest things I wished for was absolute equality amongst all races, colors, nationalities and between both genders. I dream of a world of peace, not of discrimination and hatred. As a child, I personally never sexualized breasts. My western culture taught me to sexualize breasts, but I never followed in its footsteps. It always seemed a little "off" to me. While others my age used terms such as "boobs" or "tits," I stuck with "breasts." Call me old-fashioned but... Recently, perhaps about 2-3 months ago, I was sitting in a car listening to the news. A story came on about a French figure skater's apparent "nip slip" while performing during the 2018 Olympics. "This? THIS made national headlines? The fact that the media is unnecessarily drawing attention to this event is bad enough," I thought to myself...)

David A.
13 supporters