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Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

Require all MLTS/PBX Phones Dial 911 Easily: Help Enact Kari's Law

On December 1, 2013 Kari Rene Hunt was murdered by her estranged husband whom she was intending to divorce. She agreed to meet him at a local motel to leave their children with him for a short visitation while he was in town. Her estranged husband ambushed her in the motel room and cornered her in the restroom. During the struggle and resulting death of Kari, her oldest daughter, age 9, (name with held for privacy) attempted to dial 911 from the motel room phone. She followed instructions as taught by her mother on the way to call for help but she was never instructed that in some hotels and motels you must first dial a "9" and then 911. We are attempting to ensure that any person needing police, EMS or the Fire Department at any hotel or motel location or from any MLTS/PBX system be able to dial the numbers 911 and receive emergency response. In a panic, any under age child, or for that matter anyone in an emergency situation should be able to depend on dialing 911 from any phone in the United States and receiving assistance. We pray the lawmakers in our Congress and Senate hear the cries of Kari and her children and enact a law requiring all hotel and motel chains, including all "Mom & Pop" locations have all phone systems updated to E911 systems. These systems allow the 911 call to automatically connect to a 911 operator without having to dial a "9" in order to get an outside line. Total E911 fees/funds collected from the use of telephones in the United States was $2,322,983,616.36 in 2012. Total amount spent for E911 or 911 enhancements in the United States was $97,367,543.46 leaving $2,225,616,072.90 un spent. Where is this money? Some states such as Illinois, has diverted monies from the collection of E911 fees to it's general fund therefore being spent on who knows what. The money is there, it's being collected by who? THE GOVERNMENT! It's being spent on very little E911 functionality or just sitting there. Why?  WE ask that Wyndham Hotels, which is the parent company of Baymont Inns and Suites where this incident occured, lead the way in the industry by updating the antiquated phone systems still used in some of their hotels. Sadly though, 2 year 11 months later we have heard nothing from the Wyndham Corporation, however, the Marriott International Corporation has mandated to all franchise hotels under the Marriott brand to update their systems to be direct dial 911. Can you you guess what hotel we will be using from now on will be? That's right , MARRIOTT! Seconds count and when a 9 year old little girl is mature enough and brave enough to attempt to dial for help, she should be answered. When that child dialed 911 she should have heard, "911, what is your emergency?" Instead she heard static. We understand the cost implications (which in most cases is very minimal or free) and know that E911 has been a requirement for a few years, but only a handful of states require it. Why? Money is collected from every citizen that uses a phone but it's the citizen that is NOT benefiting from the collection of these funds. We ask the United States Congress to make it a requirement for all hotel and motels operating the United States and offer conversion assistance where needed. We also ask that such law(s) prohibit excessive charges for doing this update, in most cases it is simply a series of buttons from a keyboard that will solve the problem. Please help make this "Kari's Law".  https://www.change.org/f/help-get-karis-law-through-the-senate?source_location=petition_show

Hank Hunt
612,157 supporters
Update posted 7 days ago

Petition to Texas State House, Senfronia Thompson

"TIME CREDIT" earned for offenders in Prison..Time for a change in Parole Reform

This letter is regarding a bill that was introduced in the 85th Legislature, on February 20, 2017, formerly known as HB2120. On March 23, 2017, it was left pending in the committee, at 25% progression. The committee being the “House Corrections Committee”. The legislature is now in recess which means that the bill will need to be reintroduced in order to be heard again. It’s pretty much dead in the Corrections Committee. This bill is regarding offenders who are made to suffer to serve the mandatory requirements of half off their sentences regardless if they accrue *GOODTIME. This bill would also include NO major cases. There are husbands, wives, and children with no expectations for early release who were incarcerated for mild mistakes, paying hard core consequences. It leaves offenders with nothing to work towards or look forward to. But, some have learned their life lessons and should be rewarded for their good behavior. Imagine the person you love most gets into a brawl then is mistakenly placed for an aggravated case for up to 30 years. That means your dear darling son WILL HAVE to serve a MANDATORY sentence of at least half (15 years) of his sentence before he is even considered for parole. That’s a mighty long time for just a brawl at the mall. Some offenders should have the same consideration as most offenders when it comes to being considered for parole release. This will give those offenders who have worked steady jobs, enrolled in educational classes, graduated from the GRAD Program, found God and have been actively involved in the Faith-based programs and trying to help other offenders turn their life around too, and the opportunity to come up for parole after serving 1/4th of their sentence.. These acts of rehabilitation should not be discarded as if they don’t matter! Those that have changed behavior, lives matter because they actually want a better life for themselves when they parole. They want to be better role models for their children and grandchildren, and better spouses upon their release to come home. They work very hard to be better people coming out of prison than who they were going into prison and they deserve the opportunity to have their accrued goodtime considered as a means for early release just like any other offender. It encourages good conduct, a changed lifestyle and hopes for the future. Getting this bill passed does not guarantee the release for an offender. That needs to be made clear to those who think all offenders will be released all at once. That is NOT how this bill was written! Offenders will still have to be reviewed by the parole board. They will decide who they believe to have changed behavior because not everyone deserves an early release. This bill does not include capital murder or sexual assault offenses. NOTE: This bill was not written to release inmates. It's written to simply allowing them to accrue GOODTIME.Reading this, you may have and/or had, a loved one incarcerated. If so, Then you understand the importance for them to be considered for their GOODTIME. If you haven’t, then you don’t know what it feels like to miss them at this great expense and you're lucky to have the opportunity to greet, hug, and kiss your loved one every day, as we do not, which is the reasoning for this petition. Whether you are in agreeance with this letter or not, please sign the petition attached to this letter with your comments concerning why or why not.If you agree and support this petition, please help me get the message out by sharing this to your social media sites like FB, twitter, & instagram because sharing will get the many supporters we need to get this bill passed! Thanks for your support!*HB2120- A bill relating to good conduct time earned by certain inmates and the consideration of release on parole for those inmates.*GOODTIME-Time deducted from an inmate's sentence for good behavior while in prison.

Tarra Love-Richmond
1,582 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Trent Ashby, Dan Patrick, Texas State House, Greg Abbott

Healthcare for Retired and Active Teachers

Recent changes, voted on by our elected officials, have escalated the price of health insurance for educators in Texas.  Retired teachers presently average $24,000 a year, and as of January 2018, in-network fees will increase 130% and the out-of-network will increase by 361%.  With these rising costs, the average retired teacher will have the bulk of his/her pension sucked away by heightened insurance premiums.  Retired teacher deductibles will also increase to $3,000 which is TEN times what it is now.  As it stands for current educators, in the upcoming 2017-2018 school year, ActiveCare 2 will increase to $2,004 for employees and their families.  Couple that with dental and vision insurance, and it totals a whopping $2,201.46.  Each district tries to help by contributing around $300; however, that still ends up being $1,816 a month for health, vision, and dental insurance.  On average, a teacher who has taught for 10 years makes about $50,000 a year ($4,166 a month).  Deduct withholding tax and medicare tax ($408), deduct TRS contribution ($329), deduct ins ($1,816), and the amount to be lived off of is $1,613 a month if they choose ActiveCare 2.  Let me put this into perspective for you...TRS insurance will cost MORE than what you are left with.  Even if deciding to go with another plan, the premiums and/or deductibles are still high.  There is no other profession in Texas that employs more than that of public education, yet we are not taken care of by the state of Texas.  Currently 700,000 active public educators and 270,000 retired teachers are looking to our elected officials to make moral and ethical decisions on the welfare of educators.    Why more teachers don't protest:  Teachers are some of the most loyal employees you will ever find.  For many, professional development is back in full force beginning next week.  Their loyalty to their district and students supersede that of fixing their own dire situation, hence how they managed to stay quiet this long.  Educators care for others and put themselves on the back burner.  Last year alone, Texas teachers spent around $200,000,000 of their OWN money to put back into their classrooms.  I have never seen any other profession give of themselves as teachers do.  It is time that the state of Texas bands together with and for them to show your support.   In signing this petition, you are pleading to Governor Greg Abbott and our elected officials to revisit the TRS healthcare for retired and current educators and make it affordable in comparison to average monthly incomes and cost of living in Texas.  This is not the responsibility of the school districts.  It is the duty of the state to manage teachers' healthcare premiums and deductibles, and as it stands, Governor Abbott, our senators, and our representatives have failed in doing so.   School Administrators, teachers, and other school employees, please copy and paste the link and send this out to your campuses/districts!!  We MUST finally come together and be heard!! #dontmesswithtexasteachers #changetrs  

Stephanie Quinn
165,547 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to City of San Antonio

Demand San Antonio follow Texas Law and Federal Immigration Law

On December 23, San Antonio Police Chief Bill McManus directed the release of 12 illegal immigrants detained at a human smuggling crime scene without checking their immigration status or even running a basic background and/or ID check.  It is reported that these illegal immigrants were in police custody for several hours, yet the Chief decided to put our community at risk and apparently violate federal and/or State laws by releasing them to a pro-sanctuary non-profit.  This decision not only shocks the conscience, but it abandoned what had been for years the standard procedure within the department of working closely with Federal and Municipal agencies in human smuggling cases. This petition calls upon the San Antonio City Council to immediately suspend and investigate Chief McManus for violations of City & Department Policies and/or State & Federal Laws.  It also calls upon the Texas Attorney General to investigate whether his actions (and potentially more importantly the actions of other, elected officials) would constitute a forfeiture of office under Texas Law (SB4). Petition: Whereas the Texas Legislature duly passed Senate Bill 4 (SB4), in the 85th Regular Session, which included in part, an explicit prohibition on local entities, to include law enforcement officials from adopting, enforcing, or endorsing a policy that prohibits or materially limits the enforcement of immigration laws; and Whereas SB4 also prohibited local entities and law enforcement officials from prohibiting or materially limiting the enforcement of immigration laws through pattern or practice; and Whereas Chief William McManus, on December 23, 2017 apparently dismissed a Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agent from the scene of an ongoing human smuggling investigation in San Antonio; and Whereas Chief McManus further sought to deliberately to confuse residents and misrepresent the facts and circumstances of the incident, by sleight of hand and misuse and conflation of the very specific legal terms, “human trafficking” and “human smuggling” in an apparent attempt to minimize the severity of this crime and provide him with plausible excuse for treating these 12 participants in an illegal smuggling operation as victims; and Whereas Chief McManus is not only familiar with Texas SB4 and Federal Law, he is duty bound to uphold these laws for the safety of our citizens and the integrity of the law enforcement process.   Therefore, be it resolved, that we the undersigned call on the San Antonio City Council, Mayor, and City Manager to (1) immediately suspend Chief McManus and place him on Administrative Leave until the full facts and circumstances are fully understood; (2) immediately inform SAPD that they are to fully comply with Federal Law and Texas law in letter and spirit; (3) immediately reassure San Antonio and the surrounding areas that it remains a priority to ensure San Antonio is a law and order city where human smuggling, human trafficking, and law breaking of any kind shall not be tolerated. Be it further resolved that we call upon the Texas Attorney General to immediately investigate Chief McManus, and any other city officials or staff who participated in the decision to flaunt Texas law and Federal immigration laws, to determine (1) if, in fact their actions constitute a forfeiture of the person's office under  Sec. 752.0565 of Texas Government code, and (2) if such a finding is warranted, we call upon the Office of Attorney General to begin proceedings under Sec. 752.0565(b) to remove such officials from office.  

Matt Beebe for Texas House
312 supporters