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Petition to , Mary Ann Lisanti

Support Maryland House Bill 0329 "Ryan's Law" in Memory of Travis Christian Butcher

On November 23rd 2016, my 19 year old brother Travis was traveling west bound on Route 7 within the speed limit posted. He was on his way to work, when a negligent motorist traveling on Route 136 turned east bound onto Route 7 failing to yield to his right of way. Her vehicle struck his body and motorcycle. He was unconscious, his left femur was broken, he had a ruptured spleen, and bleeding in his brain. He was transported Via Helicopter to Shock Trauma. While in the hospital he fought for three long days... Until he passed away November 26th, 2016 due to complications from a motorcycle accident.  The driver was issued a $150.00 traffic violation which was paid to avoid appearing in court. The Harford County States Attorneys office has chosen not to file criminal charges due to lack of evidence based on little or no investigation; irregardless, of the drivers history of excessive speeding and reckless and negligent driving record. The driver of the vehicle was cited for excessive speed days prior to the accident she failed to avoid.  Current Law: A person is guilty of reckless driving if a motor vehicle is driven in wanton or willful disregard for the safety of persons or property or in a manner that a wanton or willful disregard for the safety of persons or property. A violation is a misdemeanor, subject to a maximum fine of $1,000. The Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) is also required to assess six points against the drivers license upon conviction for this offense. The District Court prepayment penalty, including court costs, is $510 for this offense. A person is guilty of negligent driving if the motor vehicle is driven ijn a careless or imprudent manner that endangers any property or the life or safety of any individual. This violation is a misdemeanor, subject to a maximum fine of $500. Upon conviction, MVA must assess one point against the drivers license or three points if the offense contributes to an accident. The District Court assesses a prepayment penalty of $140 for this offense or $280 if the offense contributes to an accident Statistics 2016: According to the District Court, in fiscal 2016, there were 11,864 citations issued for reckless driving, of which 15 contributed to an accident and resulted in fatalities, and 26,504 citations issued for negligent driving, of which 47 contributed to an accident and resulted in fatalities. The goal is to let our elected officials know that this is not acceptable and to get HB0329 "Ryan's Law passed. House Bill 0329 is an extension from 2015 HB1414; which states: This bill alters enforcement, under the Maryland Vehicle Law, for reckless or negligent driving that contributes to an accident resulting in death to another by designating these violations as must appear offenses. Accordingly, the offender may not prepay the penalty but must appear in court to answer the charge. Silence is Consent and we won't stop until Justice is Served. Rest In Paradise Baby Brother. "Stand Tall For What You Believe In." -Travis Christian Butcher 

Stephanie Butcher
20 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Terry McAuliffe, Donald Trump, Mark Warner, Tim Kaine, Barbara Comstock, Judge Stephen C. Shannon

Prevent Hospitals from Seeking Guardianship As Means 2 Override Patient Rights

Anastasia on Facebook I used to think all the talk about "murder boards" in hospitals was a fallacy.  However based on recent family events sadly they are true.  Currently there is not a law that prevents hospitals from seeking guardianship as a means to override a patients rights to dispute discharge or treatment decisions. While there are specific instances where taking guardianship of a patient is not only advisable but is absolutely necessary when life is threatened, such as in the case of minors who need a life saving treatment but the parents refuse to allow it due to personal values or religious beliefs; however even those instances should be few and far between. Instances like those that have happened to our family the last few weeks, where a parent, family member who holds a legally executed power of attorney and stands 'in loco parentis' for an incapacitated family member can have their powers summarily and arbitrarily suspended or terminated because they disagree with a hospitals decision not to treat a condition because a doctor perceives the patient has no quality of life because they suffer from a brain injury and feels the person "would not want to live that way" should never happen! Quality of life is something that cannot possibly be known or measured with the limited and superficial contact that occurs in a hospital setting and is something best left to the patient and those closest to them. To have strangers come in and forcibly tear you from your loved ones, to abduct your person, because that is exactly what this is - an abduction - is terrifying for a person with a brain injury and other such patients. It is terrifying for an incapacitated person who has relied heavily on and whose life, happiness and well-being has depended on a family member that it is so inextricably intertwined it is impossible to separate one existence from the other without creating great psychological and emotional harm and trauma. I can say this because I have had to watch my sister whimper and cry out in fear since guardianship of her was awarded to Inova Fairfax Hospital appointed guardians. I have had to watch the expression of fear on her face while being told lawyers would now be her guardians and that I no longer had control over where she lived, who would be caring for her, what medications she could or could not be given, or treatments she would or would receive. I did not and could not tell her these same two lawyers also had the authority to place her in clinical trials, and had the authority to dispose of her remains how they saw fit. When Inova Fairfax Hospital appointed guardians removed her from the hospital without notifying a single family member I had to watch the expression on sadness and bewilderment at seemingly having been abandoned when I walked in six hours later because it took our Virgnia State Delegate making calls to locate her because Inova had ordered their nursing staff to not give me any health information, just as they chosen to ignore my power of attorney before we went to court.  I have had to watch her being over medicated and suffering while her guardians were missing in action because they signed papers to have her sent to a substandard nursing facility and then went out of town for several days.  I have had to physically clamp off my sisters feeding tube to prevent her from being given three sedating medications directly after giving her morphine because a nurse said she could not give my sister her regular medications when she would normally get them because their “protocol” only allowed them to give her medication at 9:00am, 1:00pm, and 5:00pm.  Which means she was receiving a massive dose of 600mg of Neurontin, 2mg of Klonopin, and 10mg of Ambien on top of morphine in an 8 hour period!  Now maybe it’s just me, but you do not administer those medications, at those doses to a 5’2” 108lb female unless you are trying to put her into a coma or kill her. Stand with our family if you believe this is egregious and sign our petition to not only stop Inova Fairfax Hospital from killing or intentionally putting our sister in danger and to STEP ASIDE and let Anastasia's family care for her as they always have done; but to have legislation put in place to prevent this from every happening to anyone else's child or loved one every again!!    Here is is a link to the meeting with Kelly Armstrong, PhD and the Inova Fairfax Casemanagement team.  

Yolanda Bell
713 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Jim Sullivan, Jeff Potter, Warren Slocum (Board of Supervisors, San Mateo County), Gretchen Kelly (Airport Manager), Michael Wentworth (Administrative Services & Airports, San Mateo County)

Surf Air, Inc.: Stop, or reroute, Surf Air flights that are using KSQL (San Carlos) Airport

There has been a substantial increase in noticeable noise from low flying aircraft that are now traversing over Redwood City, Atherton, Menlo Park, Palo Alto and other nearby neighborhoods.  The increased noise is mostly the result of new flights from a startup company called Surf Air that has initiated commercial operations into and out of San Carlos Airport (KSQL).   After receiving funding of $65 million, Surf Air has been expanding services and will have up to 21 scheduled arrivals into KSQL.  This is a substantial increase in service from the original 7 flights when Surf Air first began flying into KSQL.   That means the current approach corridor, as approved by the FAA, will see a significant increase in noisy flights over neighborhoods in Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Atherton and Redwood City.   This also means a substantial increase in departure noise for Redwood Shores, Redwood City, Atherton and Menlo Park. Many of the affected neighborhoods are located near the Middlefield Road corridor.  In addition, these aircraft fly over or near Encinal Elementary, Walter Hays Elementary and Menlo Atherton High School.   If you find the noise objectionable, OR if you are concerned about the negative impact on your property’s value, OR if you are concerned about potential accidents due to aircraft flying over our homes and schools, then please indicate your objection to Surf Air's flight path into San Carlos airport by signing this petition.   Thank you for your participation and please reach out to your neighbors to get them involved.

Stop The KSQL Aircraft Noise
1,080 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to president Trump

Halt the Gun Violence Epidemic Today by Declaring a National State of Emergency!

Americans are in the midst of a gun violence epidemic. The National Emergencies Act gives the president the power and responsibility to declare a state of emergency when the government lacks the procedures and capacity to address an unchecked natural or man-made public health epidemic. How much more must Americans endure? Domestic military installations have been attacked; media members have been murdered on camera. Shootings have recently occurred at church prayer meetings, in movie theaters, restaurants, department stores, offices, factories, schools, colleges, national parks and while driving along major US highways. We ask that you declare a state of emergency to protect us from the gun violence epidemic now. The public space has become Russian roulette--every place is a potential risk. When the H191 flu hospitalized 20,000 people and killed 1,000, you used your power and declared a state of emergency. Yearly, The Gun Violence Epidemic Causes: [i]10,000 homicides, 70,000 wounded, 18,000 suicides, 2,000 accidental deaths Costs of the Gun Violence Epidemic:Annual: $229 Billion, Each Homicide = $441,000, Hospitalization = $583,000 The Government cannot stop the Gun Violence Epidemic without information:Under existing law, states do not have to report prohibited gun purchasers to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS)— In many states 90% of mental health records are missing.[ii]      —Millions of people with mental disabilities have purchased guns. We do not know who they are. Nor do we know who has developed mental illness since buying a gun.      —Guns sold at gun shows, over the internet or through private sales do not require a background check. These represent 40% of the guns sold,[iii] and we do not know if these people should be prohibited purchasers  Countries with strong gun laws and our national statistics show "law- abiding" citizens cause most gun violence.  Only 7% to 8% of US gun homicides are gang based -- most mass shooters are legal gun owners. [iv] Rather than attracting gun crime "gun-free zones" repel it.  That is why courts and the headquarters of all major U.S. corporations (including the NRA) ban guns. Remedy: Declare a National State of Emergency and, among other things, consider:1.  The requirements and standards for people to be carrying guns outside their homes. 2. That parents who own guns be held accountable as accomplices for gun violence their children cause with the parent's guns.  3. That gun trafficking be made a felony to reduce the gun violence epidemic in the inner cities.   4. Appointing a commission to address this epidemic, such commission to exclude members of the gun lobbies, who profit from the epidemic they’ve caused and do everything they can to keep it going.  Clearly, our government does not have the resources, procedures and data to stop the next Aurora, Charleston and Chattanooga.  President Trump: Use Your Power Today to Halt the Gun Violence Epidemic. Declare a National State of Emergency! [i][ii]  Feasibility Study Size, Scope and Costs of Projects Required to Close Information Gaps In Reporting Events Legally Prohibiting the Ownership and Purchase of Firearms. Prepared for the Illinois State Police November 2, 2009 [iii][iv]

National Gun Victims Action Council (NGVAC)
2,429 supporters