Petition Tag - oklahoma

1. Request to Honor Coach Peck: Former Teacher, Coach and Athletic Director of Woodward Public Schools, Woodward, Oklahoma and Member of Oklahoma Coaches Hall of Fame

Jim Peck coached, taught, planned, worked and lived alongside us in Woodward from 1970 to 1992 then moved on to Liberal, Kansas and back to Guthrie in Oklahoma before retiring. Let's honor him for the fundamentals of the game and determination in life he's instilled in us that carries us through many of our days still today.

2. We stand opposed to Oklahoma State Question 777. Our Voices Count.

Oklahomans must not agree to give up our rights to demand action and accountability from our elected state officials and state regulatory agencies.

It is imperative that the Legislature continues to consider and enact laws and regulations on agriculture practices that impact public health, water and air quality, soil conservation, property rights and other critical issues.

Learn more by downloading and sharing the following files:
SQ777 Talking Points
Municipal Draft Resolution Opposing SQ777
Municipal Sign On Letter
SQ777 Opposition PowerPoint

3. Bring Saied Music Store to Owasso!

When have you ever been in need of a simple box of reeds, or a replacement flip-folder for that Friday night football game just a couple of hours away? Now, this would usually be an easy fix, just run to your local music store, right? This is where the issue is.

Owasso is a busy and growing suburb and we are in dire need of a reliable, name-brand music store. Yes, there are two locations of Saieds Music in Tulsa, but that's a 25 minute drive there, and 25 minutes back, not to mention the traffic.

Placing a Saieds Music Store in Owasso would bring great service to the musical community, and a lot of business to the store. For instance, from the 6th grade through the 12th grade, in Owasso public schools there are roughly 900 band students alone, not to mention the many other mucisians outside of this school organization.

4. Discontinue Random Drug Testing of Students Involved In Extracurricular Activities of Guthrie Public Schools

Guthrie Public Schools beginning in the Fall of 2015 will begin Drug Testing Student's that are involved in Extracurricular Activities. (Sports, Student Council, JROTC, and Etc.) Many believe this is a violation of our Student's rights.

Many believe that to start this testing is a Reactive, and not a Proactive approach to assisting our students cope with problems in a world that is constantly changing for better or worse.

Many Experts and Officials believe that Mandatory Drug Testing of Student's is not the correct way to solve youth drug use, as shown in these articles.

Time (A World Leader in news) - http://time.com/3761571/drug-testing-schools/
A direct quote from the article - "According to the AAP policy statement, there’s limited evidence to suggest that drug testing programs in schools prevent kids from trying drugs. “We reviewed the studies done to take a look at this question, and while there’s evidence, there are a lot of caveats around that,” says Levy, who adds that many studies rely on self-reports and show inconsistent data."

CBS News - http://www.cbsnews.com/news/doctors-random-drug-testing-in-schools/

A direct quote from the arcticle - "Random drug testing in schools may sound like a good way to keep kids off drugs, but there is little evidence it works, the American Academy of Pediatrics says."

The research does not lie, these test will just hurt the already fragile relationship student's may have with teachers and Guthrie Public Schools.

We ask that Guthrie Public Schools cancel the Drug Test and instead take a positive initiative to better the relationship towards it's students and better use this funding towards to D.A.R.E Program, which is shown to be successful in deterring youth drug use.

5. Abolish Daylight Savings Time

Daylight saving time (DST) or summer time is the practice of advancing clocks during summer months by one hour so that light extends into the evening hours—sacrificing normal sunrise times.

Typically, users of DST adjust clocks forward one hour near the start of spring and adjust them backward in the autumn to "normal" or regular time.

DST can affect both your body clock and health. Studies show that there is an increase in both heart attacks and road accidents the days after clocks are set forward one hour in Spring.
*Increase in heart attacks
*Disrupts the body's clock
*Decreases productivity, concentration and general well being.
*Increases road accidents
*Increases sleep problems

The practice has received both advocacy and criticism. Putting clocks forward benefits retailing, sports, and other activities that exploit sunlight after working hours, but can cause problems for evening entertainment and for other activities tied to the sun (such as farming).

Although some early proponents of DST aimed to reduce evening use of incandescent lighting (formerly a primary use of electricity, modern heating and cooling usage patterns differ greatly, and research about how DST currently affects energy use is limited or contradictory.

DST clock shifts sometimes complicate timekeeping and can disrupt meetings, travel, billing, record keeping, medical devices, heavy equipment, and sleep patterns.

Software can often adjust computer clocks automatically, but this can be limited and error-prone, particularly when various jurisdictions change the dates and timings of DST changes.

6. WE WANT OUR HOODIES!

Section 1301. It shall be unlawful for any person in this state to :

A. To wear a mask, hood or covering, which conceals the identity of the wearer during the commission of a crime or for the purpose of coercion, intimidation or harassment; or

B. To intentionally conceal his or her identity in a public place by means of a robe, hood, mask, or other disguise.

Any person, or persons,violating the provisions of this section, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not less than Fifty Dollars ($50.00) nor more than Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00), or by imprisonment in the county jail for a period of not exceeding one (1) year, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

We cannot allow this law to pass as it violates our civil rights. We have the right to choose what we wear. The government needs to stay out of our closets.

We should not all suffer a punishment, due to the stupidity of the few. Why should noncriminals pay the penalty the criminals.

7. Ban Injection Wells for One Year in Oklahoma

Oklahomans have seen a dramatic increase in earthquakes, including a recent period when 150 earthquakes and tremors occurred in one week. Numerous quakes of magnitude 3.0 or higher have caused property damage and homeowner stress in the state.

A study regarding the 5.7 magnitude quake in southern Lincoln County in 2011 linked it directly to effects of injection well activity in the area where fracking also was taking place.

For more than 25 years, scientific studies have linked deep well injection of liquid wastes with seismic activity. These studies should be reviewed in light of the fact that since 2009,the dramatic increase in seismic activity in our state has followed an increase in hydraulic fracturing for oil and natural gas.

8. Make OKCountyrecords image access free

OKCountyrecords currently charges $.60 to $1 just to view each image. In addition to this - they charge large oil companies tens of thousands of dollars for unlimited access.

This petition is to have the Oklahoma State Legislature investigate if this violates the Open Records Act.

9. Shear the beard of James Harden (Houston Rockets)

Since Harden signed with the Houston Rockets there has been a bit of tension between his former OKC Thunder fans and him.

10. Keep 4 racquetball courts at Thorton YMCA, Tulsa OK

The Thornton YMCA, located in Tulsa, Oklahoma is growing and expanding its facilities in the next few years, yet the decision has been reportedly made to reduce the number of racquetball/handball courts from 5 to 2.

This doesn’t match their stated direction of “Sports and fitness activities have always been at the core of YMCA programming…including Individual sports such as racquetball, handball, and Frisbee golf. The YMCA is the place for the whole family to enjoy healthy competition and practice good sportsmanship.”

The Thornton YMCA is the only public facility in Tulsa, Oklahoma and its surrounding communities that has more than 2 racquetball/handball courts which is required for tournaments or even effective league or individual play. For the past 15 years, the Oklahoma Racquetball Association has been using the courts at the Thornton facility to host 3-4 racquetball tournaments a year (including a monetary donation the YMCA for each event). These events include our State Singles tournament and Annual Banquet, and other events that have brought professional racquetball players from across the Midwest.

These tournaments help expose the members of the Thornton YMCA and the surrounding community to the outstanding sport of racquetball, and participants in these tournaments have sponsored clinics and leagues for YMCA members and guests at several points throughout the years. With its 5 courts, the YMCA is able to accommodate a large number of competitive, recreational, and even casual racquetball/handball players. Reducing the number of courts will severely limit the number of courts available for YMCA members in Tulsa (this is the only YMCA that has courts anymore since the downtown Y shutdown). Additionally, the Oklahoma Racquetball Association will no longer have a facility in Eastern Oklahoma in which to hold tournaments.

Please help us fight to keep enough racquetball and handball courts at the YMCA!!! It seems that each evening the courts are always full, with mostly doubles being played, to accommodate the number of people wishing to utilize the courts. We racquetball and handball players use these courts every day and need to keep them! Aid us in our desire to help further the YMCA’s mission “To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all” by providing enough courts for those who wish to play.

11. Petition to re-open Panama High School Campus During Lunchtime

Panama Oklahoma High School Campus is current closed in order to reduce the previously high amount of car accidents in the area during lunch times.

This petition is pushing to remove that restriction in order to allow our children a wider variety of options for lunch meals. This petition is proposing an open campus with restrictions on students driving themselves off campus during lunch periods.

This is a picture of what the children were actually served on August 24th 2012:

12. One Direction To Tulsa

One Direction are a British-Irish boy band consisting of members Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson. They finished third on the seventh series of The X Factor. Following The X Factor, the group signed a record contract with Sony Music subsidiary Syco Records.

One Direction's debut single "What Makes You Beautiful" was released on 11 September 2011. The single debuted on the UK Singles Chart at number one on 18 September 2011, shifting 153,965 copies, becoming the third fastest selling single of 2011.[1][2] Their second single, "Gotta Be You", was released on 13 November 2011, which peaked at number three. Their debut album Up All Night was released on 21 November 2011. The album peaked at number two on the UK Albums Chart, selling 138,631 copies, and was the fastest-selling debut album on the UK Albums Chart of 2011. Up All Night was the sixteenth biggest selling album on the UK Albums Chart of 2011, with 468,000 copies sold.

"What Makes You Beautiful" won the Best British Single award at the 2012 BRIT Awards, which was held on 21 February 2012

13. Support Oklahoma Dogs Rights

I am addressing legislators on a concern from pet owners residing in the state of Oklahoma, specifically the city of Moore. It has come to our attention that the interpretation of the animal laws seem to be unfair and unjust in this state.

I understand laws are needed to protect residences within the state, but some cities such as Moore take the law concerning pets to the extreme . It seems the law is being used as a strict black and white policy , with no room for discussion.

Surely, these laws were not intended to “dispose” of people’s pets that are considered family, when a small mistake is made and the animals get out on a rare occasion. I truly believe this law was intended for animals that are dangerous to the community or for strays.

The law at this time is unclear and the City of Moore has deemed dogs dangerous and threatened and terminated animals lives on the weak foundations such as: being “seen” out by a mincing neighbor but when animal control gets there they are not out and no sign that they have been. It is also unjust to terminate the life of a dog because they rarely get out and have never caused harm.

This should not be allowed. Please sign this petition if you are a resident of the STATE of Oklahoma although I do appreciate global support the petition is only valid for the state residences.

14. Lower Drinking Age In Oklahoma

In Oklahoma, the drinking age is 21. If this was lowered to 18, there would be many benefits, including less law enforcement money and time, less experimenting in minors. Lowering the drinking age in Oklahoma would make it to where there is less thrill of breaking the law.

If Oklahoma were to raise the drinking age law, the government could put breathalysers in all cars driven by people under the age of 21. The government could put 18-20 year olds on a probational period to see if this new law could actually work.

15. School Uniforms for Norman Public Schools

In 1987 Cherry Hill Elementary in Baltimore, Maryland adopted the first mandatory uniform policy. Since then five big population states have also adopted the policy. Many people believe that uniforms have no effect on schools except to spend money that many people don't have. However, studies show that crime rate drops almost 91% in schools with uniforms.

School suspensions dropped by 90%, sex offences were reduced 96% and incidents of vandalism went down 69%. This doesn't include the decrease in violence and theft, peer pressure, and gang relations, and the increase in school test and work grades, leading to the success of children in college and the work place.

Uniforms would lead to a safer educational facility and better learning environment.

16. Support Marijuana Decriminalization

Marijuana is far less addictive than alcohol.

Deaths from the two substances. There are hundreds of alcohol overdose deaths each year, yet there has never been a marijuana overdose death in history. The consumption of alcohol is also the direct cause of tens of thousands of deaths in the U.S. each year.

Alcohol is one of the most toxic drugs, and using just 10 times what one would use to get the desired effect can lead to death. Marijuana is one of – if not the – least toxic drugs, requiring thousands times the dose one would use to get the desired effect to lead to death. This “thousands times” is actually theoretical, since there has never been a recorded case of marijuana overdose.

Long-term marijuana use is far less harmful than long-term alcohol use.

The United Kingdom's Science and Technology Select Committee considers alcohol far more harmful than marijuana.

Studies find alcohol use contributes to the likelihood of domestic violence and sexual assault and marijuana use does not.

Studies find alcohol use contributes to aggressive behavior and acts of violence, whereas marijuana use reduces the likelihood of violent behavior.

Alcohol use is prevalent in cases of sexual assault and date rape on college campuses. Marijuana use is not considered a contributing factor in cases of sexual assault and date rape, as judged by the lack of discussion of marijuana in sexual assault and date rape educational materials.

17. Save our Pool

A Jr. Olympic sized pool is a rare asset for any public school in Oklahoma. The facility should be recognized and utilized as it was intended when it was built in 1970. The heated and covered pool can be very beneficial to our small town community, offering a fun, family oriented safe place to swim for the adults and children alike.

Being centrally located our school pool can offer a great place to get fit and stay healthy as a family while offering physical fitness classes & pool rental for the entire community. Teaching Swim Lessons to our children will cut down on drowning deaths. Swim Lessons extend through out a lifetime offering parents peace of mind. Offering a healthy activity for children to do; during and after school; as well as the summer, boost their self-esteem thru learning how to swim, being and staying healthy, knowing water safety and by participating in swim competitions.

This opportunity may even present a detour from the always present of “bad influences” of drugs and alcohol for the children participating and even the Lifeguards we will be creating jobs for. Opening and running a public pool will help in boosting our economy and give a positive experience for years to come.

18. Have Mercy for Don Gilson

Clemency Themes: We are presenting 3 major grounds for Mercy/ Clemency.

First, due to the unique circumstances, Don faces an execution even though it is unclear what conduct he is being executed for. Even his jurors say they did not know who inflicted the abuse causing Shane’s death. This was expressed both in their split verdict and recent Affidavits submitted.

Second, it is unfair Ms. Coffman received a life sentence while Don is executed, when the overwhelming evidence points to Ms. Coffman as the “committer” and Don the “permitter.” This result is distressing to certain jurors, who denounce their death verdict in light of Ms. Coffman’s sentence. Two jurors say they’d be “relieved” if Don’s death sentence was commuted to life. Id.

Third, Don’s involvement in the offense is likely attributable in great part to his profound brain damage suffered from a near fatal 1993 auto accident. The accident resulted in loss of 25% to 33% of the functioning of his brain. A mentally impaired Mr. Gilson walked into a deeply dysfunctional situation which he was simply not equipped to handle. The mitigating evidence of his permanent brain impairment was never presented to his sentencing jury.

19. Release Kelsey's Records

Petition to Release Kelsey's Records
Kelsey Smith-Briggs of Meeker, Oklahoma died of blunt force trauma to the abdomen on October 11, 2005.

Join us in our endeavor to petition the court to have the records released for Kelsey Smith-Briggs. There are many records that have been withheld from the public including the records for the guardianship hearings in February and June of 2005 and the visitation hearing in September, 2005 and DHS records.

Ryan Luke Law requires that the records be released, yet for some reason those in power have withheld them from public view and kept them confidential.

By signing the petition on this page, you are adding your name to the list of those who want Kelsey's records released so that the truth in this case can be known. We welcome signatures from all over. Please share this site with all of your friends and help us get the records released!

Thank you for your support!

20. Jonas Brothers Tulsa, Oklahoma Petition

We are the Jonas Brothers Petition Team, we make petitions to get the Jonas Brothers to places. Visit our official website at:
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21. Have the Gathering of the Juggalos in Oklahoma

Alright I am starting this to try and get the Gathering at a central location in the US so then it is Centered and no one can gripe it is fair for all at least one time have it close to the center of the country

22. To Form the Town of River Springs, Oklahoma

In the River Springs Development and surrounding areas there are no large cities that are with in a 5 mile radius in the State of Oklahoma or any community services.

There nearest towns are under the population of 500 and are not able to offer any services to our area.

23. NO MEANS NO!

Under Oklahoma State Law Title 22 Sections 60.6:

1) Any first time offender shall be charged with a misdemeanor. They can be charged with up to $1,000 dollar fine and up to 1 year in county jail., or both fine and imprisonment.

2) After previous convictions of violation of a protective order, is convicted of a second or subsequent offense pursuant to the provisions of the section, upon conviction, be guilty of a felony and shall be punished by a term of imprisonment in the custody of the Department of Corrections for not less than 1 year and no more than 3 years, or by a fine of not less than $2,000.00 nor more than $10,000.00, or both such fine and imprisonment.

3) Any person who has been served a protective order and who violates the protective order and causes physical injury or physical impairment to the plaintiff or to any other person named is said protective order shall, upon conviction, be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished by a term of imprisonment in the county jail for not less than 20 days nor more than 1 year. In addition to the term of imprisonment, the person may be punished by a fine not to exceed $5,000.00.

4) Any person who is convicted of a second or subsequent violation of a protective order which causes physical injury or physical impairment to a plaintiff or to any other person named in the protective order shall be guilty of a felony and shall be punished by a term of imprisonment in the custody of the Department of Corrections of not less than 1 year nor more than 5 years, or by a fine of not less than $3,000.00 nor more than $10,000.00 or by both such fine and imprisonment.

In a 2007 State of Oklahoma Vs. Richard K. Sexton case, Mr. Sexton was charged with six felony counts of violation of protective order. He was previously charged in 2000 and 2001 with 2 counts of violation of protective order. In the 2007 case, He was charged with only six violations. The evidence showed that Mr. Sexton violated the order by calling repeatedly. The call provided to the court was in the thousands. He used e-mail and myspace.com to communicate with the victims. He followed the victim around town and watched their every move.

He was only sentenced to one year in county jail. All 6 charges were a year sentence and was to run concurrent. Upon arriving in county jail, he has repeatedly violated the protective order. Charges have not been filed by the District Attorney at the this time on the additional charges. The protective order was initially filed in order to protect the victims against the Domestic Violence that occurred in the home in front of minor children. Court documents show that only one count was charged. When in fact there was four minor children in his presence during the incident This charge was only a misdemeanor. Which only carries a fine or up to 30 days in county jail.

In 2000, he was convicted of a felony child abuse charge.

24. Oklahoma payday loans need veritec

Payday lenders are required to use a system called "veritec" to regulate payday loans in Oklahoma. Many consumers are falling into a never ending cycle of debt because Oklahoma does not require ALL class "B" lenders to use veritec system; therefore, allowing consumers to have several open loans with an APR up to 300% out at once.

25. Mandatory Contact Hours For Nurses in the State of Oklahoma

November 10, 2005

All nurses with an active Oklahoma license should be required to complete continuing education for relicensure.

26. Opening the doors for all counties in Oklahoma to have county animal control

In order for any county in Oklahoma to implement county animal control the population must exceed 200,000 or more.

The state law needs to changed not based on population, but on need.

27. Chanh Truong's False Allegation for Child Molestation

To: State of Oklahoma

On the 19th of July 2002, Mr. Chanh Truong contested a nolo contendere plea and was sentenced to the state penitentiary for an indecent act. The Court decision was based on improper document translation procedure and the Court did not appoint a certified Vietnamese-English translator. When under duress from Court pressure, Chanh Truong signed documents without the English skill needed to understand the court's documents and sentences.

Mr. Chanh Truong is well known as a kind, peaceful, poetic, artistic, moral, and community oriented person. He has been a resident in Oklahoma county, Oklahoma ever since he settled in the U.S.A. in 1993. He has been married for 20 years to his lovely wife, Mrs. Thu Truong, and has two beautiful children. The children are great students in the Oklahoma County school district. Furthermore he is very active in the Vietnamese community where he participated in many of the community's activities such as cultural and historical events. He also served as a member at the Giac Quang Buddhist temple where he has had many contributions. In addition, he established stable employment at Unit Parts and has excellent references from his management and co-workers.

Sincerely,

Chanh Truong and family members

28. Update Stillwater City Code Regarding Childcare

In 1999 the Oklahoma legislature passed and Governor Keeting signed HB 493, creating the category of Large Family Child Care Homes, which can be licensed for a maximum of 12 children. This was an important step in addressing child care needs across the state and placed Oklahoma in an equitable position with 44 other states with this category of care.

The City Code of Stillwater, Oklahoma has not been updated since 1993 and does not reflect the newest State legislation in effect. The current City Code limits the Family Day Care Home to a maximum of 7 children.

Current City Code considers Large Family Child Care Homes licensed for more than 7 children to be "Day Care Centers", although the City's definition of "Day Care Center" is in direct contradiction to the State's definition of "Day Care Center".

The demanding and expensive zoning restrictions placed on Large Family Child Care Homes by labeling them as "Centers" diminish the number of licensed providers and cause new providers to remain underground and unlicensed, thus making safe, monitored care less available to parents seeking care for their children.

We are seeking to have City Code amended so that all Family Child Care Homes, including those licensed by the State for up to 12 children, will be classified as an accepted Home-Based Business and all will be treated by the City as equals.

29. Proposed City Mobile Home Ordinance, Wakita, Oklahoma

Upgrade of existing ordinances at Wakita, Oklahoma!

30. Let the Cabs Through late-hour bar-blockades in all US cities

Most cities have an alcohol-bar-district, and sometimes (Oklahoma City) the police block off the streets in those districts so that no one comes in after a certain time. The cabs, that are to take the responsible drunks out, are meant to go right up to the passengers; but the cabs are blocked off by the police, which wastes the time and money both of the passengers and of the drivers.