Petition Tag - maryland

1. Baltimore City (and Maryland) Rental Property Owners: URGENT ACTION NEEDED!

On Monday, August 14th, the city council introduced a bill that will be devastating to Baltimore City Landlords. And, as with most legislation if passed, it can be a catalyst for adoption into surrounding counties, and potentially the state. Your voice needs to be added to the conversation! This petition will be delivered at the hearing once it's scheduled and is done in collaboration with Maryland Multi-Housing Association. We need your help - spread the word - FORWARD THIS TO OTHERS.

WHY SHOULD YOU CARE ABOUT THIS PROPOSED PIECE OF LEGISLATION?
It’s simple. It will require landlords/owners to include a provision in their leases offering residential tenants mediation before eviction proceedings can commence. It severely limits a landlord’s ability to recover rent through the Failure-to-Pay-Rent process. While rental owners still have to cover operating expenses (i.e. mortgage, water). The proposed bill creates more opportunity for unwarranted delays within the court before rent is paid to the owner.

WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT IT?
Please sign and share this petition to show your opposition and join our effort to defeat a legislative over-reach.

OUR VIEW IS:
1. This is potentially unconstitutional. 2. There are sufficient tenant remedies and defenses to prevent evictions as written in the current statute. 3. Even though this bill is targeting landlords that own five or more rental properties, it affects all landlords because the bill can be amended prior to vote.

TAKE ACTION:
Please sign and share this petition to show your opposition in advance of the yet to be scheduled hearing date.

CONTACT ME:
If you have any questions about this bill, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at brian@diyrealty.co.

JOIN LANDLORD 411:
You can also stay on top of this and other issues affecting you by joining Landlord 411. We are advocates for small business and independent landlords.

Thank you in advance for your support,
Brian Wojcik, Organizer, Landlord 411

2. Maryland Rental Property Owners: URGENT ACTION NEEDED!

On Tuesday, March 7th, a hearing will be held for two new legislative bills which greatly impact Maryland Rental Property Owners. Your voice needs to be added to the conversation! This petition will be submitted as testimony by Maryland Multi-Housing Association.

WHY SHOULD YOU CARE ABOUT THESE PROPOSED PIECES OF LEGISLATION?
It’s simple. They severely limit a landlord’s ability to recover rent, utilities, and other damages through the Failure-to-Pay-Rent process. While rental owners still have to cover operating expenses (i.e. mortgage, water), the proposed legislation creates more opportunity for unwarranted delays within the court before rent is paid to the owner.

WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT IT?
Please sign and share this petition to show your opposition to HB1346, which seeks to:

  • Define rent for residential leases only as fixed and periodic payments; and
  • Explicitly prohibit a landlord from collecting on any additional payments due from the tenant as written in the lease.


  • THEREFORE, IT WILL:

    • Remove a landlord's ability to collect on utility bills, environmental citations, damages, or or charges authorized in the lease when filing Failure to Pay Rent (FTPR) cases in Rent Court;

    • Force landlords to utilize the civil court for any charge other than rent, which is cost prohibitive and more time consuming;

    • Require landlords to charge a fixed fee for variable expenses, such as water and therefore add risk of possible abuse; and

    • Have unintended consequences (listed in the petition below) to the industry.


    OUR VIEW IS:
    Rent should be defined as what’s written in a signed lease contract between two responsible parties (so long as it doesn’t violate other statutes).
    TAKE ACTION:
    Please sign and share this petition to show your opposition in advance of the March 7th hearing This petition closes on March 5th). We need show our collective strength in numbers on this issue!

    NOTE: We now have some concern with HB1487. We are not completely opposing this bill, as it has some merit as a result of consensus work done in the Summer Study Work Group. However, there was no agreement on the definition of rent, and the last minute introduction of HB1346 undermines the cooperative spirit of this consensus bill. Therefore we are circumspect to fully support and endorse this bill. It’s important to be aware of it.

    Learn more about HB1487 and our concerns on how it will affect Maryland Property Owners in our blog about the issue.

    CONTACT ME:
    If you have any questions about either bill, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at brian@diyrealty.co.

    JOIN LANDLORD 411:
    You can also stay on top of this and other issues affecting you by joining Landlord 411. We are advocates for small business and independent landlords.

    Thank you in advance for your support,
    Brian Wojcik, Organizer, Landlord 411

    3. Maryland Rental Property Owners: Oppose Maryland House Bill 1346

    Maryland Rental Property Owners: URGENT ACTION NEEDED!
    On Tuesday, March 7th, a hearing will be held for two new legislative bills which greatly impact Maryland Rental Property Owners. Your voice needs to be added to the conversation! This petition will be submitted as testimony by Maryland Multi-Housing Association.

    WHY SHOULD YOU CARE ABOUT THESE PROPOSED PIECES OF LEGISLATION?
    It’s simple. They severely limit a landlord’s ability to recover rent, utilities, and other damages through the Failure-to-Pay-Rent process. While rental owners still have to cover operating expenses (i.e. mortgage, water), the proposed legislation creates more opportunity for unwarranted delays within the court before rent is paid to the owner.

    WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT IT?
    Please sign and share this petition to show your opposition to HB1346, which seeks to:

    • Define rent for residential leases only as fixed and periodic payments; and /li>
    • Explicitly prohibit a landlord from collecting on any additional payments due from the tenant as written in the lease.



    THEREFORE, IT WILL:

    • Remove a landlord's ability to collect on utility bills, environmental citations, damages, or or charges authorized in the lease when filing Failure to Pay Rent (FTPR) cases in Rent Court;

    • Force landlords to utilize the civil court for any charge other than rent, which is cost prohibitive and more time consuming;

    • Require landlords to charge a fixed fee for variable expenses, such as water and therefore add risk of possible abuse; and

    • Have unintended consequences (listed in the petition below) to the industry.



    OUR VIEW IS:
    Rent should be defined as what’s written in a signed lease contract between two responsible parties (so long as it doesn’t violate other statutes).

    TAKE ACTION:
    Please sign and share this petition to show your opposition in advance of the March 7th hearing This petition closes on March 5th). We need show our collective strength in numbers on this issue!

    NOTE: We now have some concern with HB1487. We are not completely opposing this bill, as it has some merit as a result of consensus work done in the Summer Study Work Group. However, there was no agreement on the definition of rent, and the last minute introduction of HB1346 undermines the cooperative spirit of this consensus bill. Therefore we are circumspect to fully support and endorse this bill. It’s important to be aware of it.

    Learn more about HB1487l and our concerns on how it will affect Maryland Property Owners in our blog about the issue.

    CONTACT ME:
    If you have any questions about either bill, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at brian@diyrealty.co.

    JOIN LANDLORD 411:
    You can also stay on top of this and other issues affecting you by joining Landlord 411. We are advocates for small business and independent landlords.

    Thank you in advance for your support,
    Brian Wojcik, Organizer, Landlord 411

    4. Build a Skatepark in Cumberland, MD

    There used to be a skatepark here in Cumberland, then they tore it down. Now for years people have been left high and dry with no where to skate. The worst part is that the places that have skate spots are not allowed to be skated.

    A park would improve productivity of teens in Cumberland because they wouldn't be worried about a cop around he corner about to kick them out of where they're skating.

    A skatepark would be a nice addition to the town.

    5. Reject 252 Feet for Rockville Pike

    The City of Rockville is considering a plan to widen Rockville Pike in the Twinbrook area to 252 feet, which would make it as big as I-270.

    Despite extensive public testimony against widening the Pike to 252 feet, the Planning Commission is still recommending this excessive width to the City Council. Rockville residents and business owners are deeply concerned about this proposal and its impact on the safety and quality of our community.

    Widening the Pike to 252 feet in Twinbrook works against the Pike Plan vision for an attractive, vibrant and pedestrian-friendly place for people to live, shop, work and play with plenty of open space for people to enjoy. A 252-foot right-of-way would take away scarce land that could be used for the creation of parks and open space, paving it over it for additional traffic lanes. Rather than creating a pedestrian-friendly boulevard, the Pike will be turned into an even larger multi-lane chasm that will make it even harder for people to cross, especially children, elderly and those with disabilities.

    The proposed Rockville Pike widening will have negative consequences for the City’s residents and its local businesses. The Pike Plan is our roadmap for the future of our City and we need to make sure a 252-foot wide Rockville Pike is not a part of that plan.

    Please join us in advocating for a safe, vibrant and connected Rockville that prioritizes pedestrian safety, smart growth, and open spaces for the community over cars. Tell the Mayor and Council to protect the future of our City and reject the proposal to expand Rockville Pike to 252 feet.

    6. McDonald's Nutrition Education Curriculum Endorsed by Maryland PTA? No Thanks!

    A Washington Post article on October 29, 2015 (http://tinyurl.com/nk24ega) revealed that the Maryland PTA web site included a letter from a registered dietitian working for McDonald’s suggesting that teachers show a 20 minute documentary about how a teacher lost weight eating exclusively at McDonald’s for six months.

    This documentary is misleading for many reasons, including the fact that anyone who significantly decreases their calorie intake and starts exercising will likely lose weight, no matter where they eat.

    We believe that schools are a place for unbiased education on nutrition, not propaganda from a fast food chain. In the midst of efforts to bring healthier food and fundraisers to schools nationally, which are supported by the National PTA, the inclusion of these materials on the Maryland PTA web site are a step in the wrong direction. Rather, the Maryland PTA should be supportive of efforts to remove marketing of unhealthy foods in schools as well as fundraisers that promote unhealthy foods.

    7. Petition to bring Google Fiber to Charles County Maryland

    Charles County Maryland has grown in the past decade, it’s median income per family has went from a average $67,000.00 to an average of $87,600.00 per family. Internet speed has also grown but at a much slower rate. Fiber optic speed has become a legitimate trend that has sweep across the US and the world, the challenge is that an ecosystem has not yet developed to take advantage of it.

    Charles County do have access to fiber optics but only at megabit speeds from ISP providers Verizon, on average a Verizon fiber optic package of 50Mbps (up) and 50 Mbps (dn) cost an average $65.00 per month, and the price increase expediently for their higher speeds or 100 Mbps and above. Making purchasing faster internet speeds a wallet buster and challenging for a family on a modest income.

    Google Fiber has established gigabit internet in three US metro areas, with nine more targeted for the near future. Offering baseline speeds such as 1000 Mbps (up) and 1000 Mbps (dn) for the starting price of $70.00, 10 times faster than Verizon 50 Mbps package, at almost the same price.

    Google, of course, wants people and companies to use the internet like it's a unlimited resource, because as the web's largest internet advertising company, it makes more money the more everyone uses the internet. Google Fiber is tackling this problem by putting a new face on a decades-old technology with the hopes of using it to bring gigabit internet into businesses and homes — that's over 10 times the capacity of most of today's internet connections in US homes and small businesses.

    8. Stop Ebola from coming to Maryland

    A source tells NBC Nina Pham's the 1st nurse who caught Ebola will transfer to the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland could occur Thursday. I want to stop the transfer of Ebola to the DMV area. Sign and tell our elected officials no !!!

    Read more: http://www.wtop.com/41/3723559/Ebola-patient-moving-to-Md#ixzz3GKAY5eLn

    9. Preserve Our Property Values

    The neighbors at 2505 Underwood Lane, Adamstown, Md, 21710, have refused to mow their lawn for over two years in clear violation of HOA rules and regulations. In some spots, the grass has grown to over a foot in length.

    Additionally, they’ve further degraded the appearance of the home by placing unsightly items in the front yard to include: chaining a lawn mower to the front tree; a large patio table with plywood top chained to the frame to prevent movement; rusty steel firewood pit.

    Their refusal to maintain their property in accordance with the HOA bi-laws has adversely impacted the property values of those in both the Saddle Ridge and Green Hill Manor communities.

    10. Oppose Academic Budget Cuts to Mount Washington School

    The International Baccalaureate and Ingenuity programs provide rigorous academic courses that prepare City school students to compete and thrive in high school, college and beyond.

    The I.B. program in particular emphasizes service within the community; an integrated approach to the study of all core subjects, as well as arts, languages and physical education; and an exposure to cultures around the world that will help students compete in a globally connected economy.

    Because of the I.B. and Ingenuity programs, Baltimore City families know they can obtain the highest quality secondary education for their children without having to consider moving to a private school, or moving out of the City entirely.

    Mount Washington School provides the I.B. program to all students in the middle grades, across the academic spectrum. It launched the program in 2011 through a strong partnership with City Schools that relied on the district and the school community to share in the financial support of the program.

    The Mount Washington community is grateful for the school system’s strong support for this high-quality educational program, and calls on the Board to maintain and strengthen that commitment.

    11. Speed humps needed on ROLAND AVE

    Roland Avenue, a cut through from Ruxton Road to Joppa Road is a highly traveled road in a small, quiet neighborhood. Several children live on this road and it is dangerous even standing at the bus stop in the morning.

    We had an assessment several years ago with no results. We understand that a police officer collected speed on the nearby ELLENHAM road for 1 hour. We don't believe this is enough to collect data, especially in the middle of Roland Ave when speed is picked up after turning from Ellenham.

    We ask for 2 speed humps on Roland Ave. If anything, just to slow the vehicles that use the road as a cut through.

    12. Add Pets to University of Maryland Student Health Plan

    Students with pets care for their pets just as much as people care for their children. Furthermore, the emotional relationships students form with their pets can provide huge benefits to their emotional health.

    But currently, the University of Maryland Student Health Plan allow absolutely no help to students in covering health costs associated with owning a pet.

    13. Maryland/Shortland Scout group Hall

    Maryland/Shortland Scout group is a not for profit volunteer organization which provides the local youth aged 6-18 with an opportunity to gain life skills in a fun supported environment.

    The origins of the Scouts Australia movement began in 1908 and has progressed to become one of the leading youth organisations in Australia, that is committed to the growth and development of our youth. A vast number of youth that have gone through the scout movement have gone on the become Industry leaders.

    Maryland /Shortland Scout Group has been an active community supporter for more than 20 years and has grown to include almost 100 youth from Joeys to Adventurer Scouts despite having no visible presence in the community.

    As the land is located in a greenfield development area the community is in dire need of social infrastructure as well as infrastructure that meets the needs of our youth. We believe this to be a vital asset and resource to our growing local community."

    14. Make MD Corporations Pay Their Fair Share!

    In a time of economic distress for people across the country and in Maryland, two legislators introduced a bill to lower the corporate income tax rate by 2.25%, one in the house (Kelly Schultz) and one in the senate (David Brinkley).

    The state is already facing a budget deficit and by making this tax break effective, the state would have a net loss of over $381 million next year if enacted resulting in cut backs in transportation funding and the fund for investment in higher education. Is this what you want?

    Tell your legislators to vote against SB 34 and HB261 to maintain that corporations continue to pay their fair share in income taxes!

    15. Improve conditions of racehorses in the horse racing industry

    Behind the glamour, flashing lights, cheers, and money, the horses in the racing industry are being abused through harsh track conditions, performance-enchancing drugs, being raced to soon in their lives, and being sent to slaughter when their use is no longer needed.

    When signing this, you will support and be a part of the letters I will send a letter including this petition to local horse racing officials in the midatlantic region to bring awareness and help improve the conditions these horses have to endure.

    There is more power in larger numbers. Thank you!

    16. America for Americans in Maryland

    As Americans we are tired of giving illegal immigrants our jobs, our education, our healthcare and degrading citizenship in our country.

    17. Passing Maryland Senate Bill 54

    Help Maryland battle unemployment. Maryland has been struggling with job creation in recent years. According to an article by the Baltimore Business Journal, “Maryland lost more than 10,000 jobs in February, raising the unemployment rate to 7.7 percent.” Marylanders are still looking to their Congress to take more action in jobs creation legislation.

    Senate Bill (SB) 54 is one of the proposed options for reducing unemployment. Senate Bill 54 had its first hearing on January 21st and its third reading just passed unanimously on the 28th of January in the Senate and 29th of March in the House. The Senate Bill 54 looks to spark employment in small businesses by providing loans to businesses with fewer than fifty employees and in areas affected by cuts in defense spending.

    Loans would allow businesses to grow and expand, even in these tough economic times. The funds would be provided by the Maryland Economic Adjustment Fund which was created to help companies struggling from dislocation due to defense cuts. The goal is to allow businesses to receive funding when they are denied loans due to “tightened lending guidelines” offered by “normal lending channels.” The bill notes that the funds shall be used to “make loans to new or existing companies, modernize manufacturing operations, develop commercial applications for technology, or to compete in new economic markets.” Although it is not an exhaustive list, it is important to understand the focus on expansion and modernization of small businesses.

    This bill is supported by the Maryland Chamber of Commerce. Please sign below.

    Sources:

    "Maryland Unemployment Rate Rises to 7.7 Percent in February - Baltimore Business Journal." Baltimore News | Baltimore Business Journal. 26 Mar. 2010. Web. 11 Apr. 2010. .

    Rep. No. The Employment Situation-USDL-10-0394 at 1 (2010). Print.

    "Bill Positions." Maryland Chamber of Commerce - Legislative Advocacy, Business Resources, Timely Communications, Events, Get Connected. Web. 11 Apr. 2010. .

    Maryland Chamber of Commerce. Legislative Position. Http://www.mdchamber.org/legislative/bills/pdfs/SB54.pdf. 21 Jan. 2010. Web. 11 Apr. 2010. http://www.mdchamber.org/legislative/bills/pdfs/SB54.pdf

    Senate Bill 54, Http://mlis.state.md.us/2010rs/billfile/sb0054.htm (2010) (enacted). Print.

    18. Support The Sarah Foxwell Act

    In light of recent events in Wicomico County, MD involving crimes being committed against children by previously convicted offenders, it has come to our attention that current legislation is insufficient in preventing these crimes from occurring.

    We believe the jail system has failed to develop a working plan to rehabilitate these offenders, and there is debate as to whether these offenders can be rehabilitated at all.

    We believe the Federal Government has failed to pass legislation that would protect our children from becoming victim to these crimes.

    ***I would just like to address the comments that I've received regarding the death penalty for sex offenders. I want to say that I completely agree with all of you. The reason I did not include that in the wording for this post is that is hard to get a death penalty sentence for ANY criminal. I feel that atleast this is a start and has some real possibilities of being put into action. I wish we could do more, but I think we should start here.***

    19. Decriminalization of the Use and Possession of Marijuana in the State of Maryland

    This petition's goal is to show the voice of the people of the state of Maryland. By today's common knowledge, there is outstanding proof that Marijuana has been for many years misunderstood and people were uneducated and forced into believing that it was extremely harmful.

    Most of these forced ideas were backed by our government. Which has made people believe even to this day that marijuana not just harms but even kills. Yet there are 0 documented deaths caused by the plant. By common knowledge half a million U.S. citizens die from Tobacco, no record of a death or even proof of the cause of cancer from marijuana. 71 people are killed each day in alcohol related accidents in the U.S. compared to the 0 from marijuana. I long for a safer place for me, my family, my friends, and even my children and their children and so on.

    With the Decriminalization of Marijuana in the state of Maryland we could do our part to cut down on the mass amounts of deaths each year from alcohol and tobacco, save and put mass amounts of money spent on the "War on Drugs" to good use such as schooling, health care, etc. and save the mass amounts of people who don't deserve to be in jail the right they are being declined to live a normal life, see their husbands, wives, children and other family, and allow them to be FREE.

    Do your part, make our state a safer and better place to live in.

    20. Build a Skatepark in Laurel, Maryland

    The local community have requested that a skatepark be built in the city of Laurel, within Prince George's County Maryland. Everyday the local skateboarders in the community are being kicked out and banned from everywhere they go, even when there are not other pedestrians around.

    Everywhere the local skateboarders skate, there is always an individual who call the police or threatens the skateboarders to leave, otherwise he will be forced to contact the authorities.

    The city of Laurel, Maryland has a large population of skateboarders with no where to go, without getting in trouble. Building a skatepark will help keep the local skateboarders out of the streets and away from potential dangers.

    21. Support for Shall Issue Legislation in Maryland

    Maryland’s violent crime rate is much higher than its surrounding states with less stringent gun laws. Additionally, bills which have been presented in the past fail to make it out of the judiciary committee due to the committee’s desire to avoid controversial issues being discussed in the House and Senate at large.

    Avoidance of controversial issues does not make for a government which satisfies it’s people.

    22. Maryland Press Credentials for Scout.Com

    It is my understanding that the University of Maryland has refused to provide Scout.Com with press credentials to cover the University's sports programs.

    The goal of this petition is to assist Scout.Com in obtaining these press credentials.

    23. Protect Children NOW!

    Child pornography has exploded into a multi-billion dollar industry that crosses all state and local borders. Yet, Maryland is one of only five states in the U.S. that still have misdemeanor child pornography laws. Maryland’s tolerance for child sexual exploitation threatens children throughout the world.

    You know, as we know, that a free and open vote by the Maryland House of Delegates on child pornography would be a landslide. The vast majority of elected officials in both parties want to make child pornography possession a FELONY.

    It’s time to rein in House Judiciary Chairman Joseph Vallario! The buck stops with you, and we respectfully ask that you show compassionate leadership and send a FELONY child pornography bill to the floor of the House for a vote.

    24. Rescuing Recess In Maryland

    CHICAGO Oct 9, 2006 (AP)— Here's some soothing medicine for stressed-out parents and overscheduled kids: The American Academy of Pediatrics says what children really need for healthy development is more good, old-fashioned playtime.

    25. Stop development of townouses and condos in Meadowvale

    A developer is planning to build a 4 story 56 unit condominium building and 58 townhouses on Graceview Dr. and Quarry Road.

    Townhouses will be built directly across form Meadowvale school, and in the wooded area off Quarry Road. The concominium building will be built on Graceview Dr. next to the Catholic cemetary and directly across from and in front of 2 rancher style houses and one 2 story house.

    26. Petition for an Asian Heritage Center in Montgomery County

    Updated July 22, 2006

    The Asian-American community has contributed greatly to the welfare, success and well-being of Maryland.

    The Asian-American community in Montgomery County desires an Asian Heritage Center to preserve its culture, center its family and educate and motivate its youth and elderly.

    It is hereby supported by Bill Askinazi, candidate for Senate, District 15 and the undersigned Asian-American leaders and citizens that an Asian Heritage Center be funded and built in Montgomery County.

    Bill Askinazi has pledged to lead the effort to establish and fund the construction of an Asian-American heritage Center in District 15, western Montgomery County. The center will be a magnet for family offering educational resources and meeting rooms. There will be a walking trail and a meditation sanctuary. We have collected thousands of signatures for this effort thus far. The petition will be hand delivered to the Governor in a ceremony in the late fall of 2006. We welcome your support! Please sign the attached petition to support the building of an Asian-American heritage Center in western Montgomery County.

    27. Reinstate Patti Eldon to the CCF Units

    February 20, 2006

    The residents/families and staff of Deer's Head Hospital Center would like to see Patti Eldon reinstated as Nurse Practioner for the CCF Units.

    During her time at Deer's Head she was a welcomed addition to the Medical Staff.

    The residents were impressed with her caring and compassionate ways.

    28. Stopping Pollution in Rockville

    Feb 16, 2006

    Sign to show that you are stopping pollution.

    In the recent months the pollution in our town has increased. There are so many ways that we can decrease the pollution in our beautiful town. So ways to stop this is by fining people who litter, placing more public garbage bins on the streets, and even having a group that is paid by the town to help clean up the litter.

    Many options are available from conserving water to recycling. I have visited schools in the town of Rockville and almost all of them don't have recycling containers that can be used by the students and faculty.

    Placing the recycle containers out will take up less dumpster space, meaning that we would pay less to empty them. The recyclables can be taken to a grocery store and the money made can be put to buying supplying for the school.

    Taking just one step can save you money, and save the environment at he same time.

    29. Clean Energy For Montgomery County

    February 08, 2006

    Global Warming is the defining challenge of our generation.

    To stop this growing threat, we must take concrete action today, and Montgomery County should lead the way.

    30. Allow Cell Phones at Farquhar MS

    June 21, 2006

    This petition is now closed. Thanks to those who signed.

    January 20, 2006

    Hey, If you go to Farquhar Middle School and you have a cell phone, don't you think that it's bogus that you are not allowed to have it in school?

    And, we have had two gas leaks and we have had to stand out in the cold not allowing to use our phones we sneak into school!

    Well join this petition to allow cell phones in school!