Campaign: Civil Justice

Reform Voting Methodology

Reform PA's election laws to adopt a new method of voting that provides voters with the most options and flexibility in choosing candidates. Our current system--which uses a simple plurality vote--is unfair to voters due to what is known as the "spoiler effect". In this system, voters often feel compelled to vote for the "lesser of two evils", because they are afraid of who will win the election if they don't. In other ...more »

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Open Source Redistricting

Enact a law that requires redistricting to be done by open source algorithm, not by politician, removing the possibility of bias and gerrymandering. The algorithm should build districts around population centers.

 

Possible solution: http://rangevoting.org/GerryExamples.html

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Open Source Voting Machines

Support converting the state's voting machines to use open source software that will provide the following advantages over proprietary and closed systems:

 

1) Increased cost-effectiveness

2) Total transparency of design and operation

3) Maximum scrutiny of system security

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Oppose Voter ID Laws

Oppose all efforts to implement/restore voter ID laws in Pennsylvania until such laws are proven to be cost-effective and to not disenfranchise or deter voters.

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Open Access to Debates

Open political debates to all candidates who demonstrate a modicum of support.

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Reform PA Ballot Access Laws

Reform ballot access laws that discriminate against third party or independent candidates.

 

Current Legislation

 

SB 195 (Voter's Choice Act): http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billInfo/billInfo.cfm?sYear=2013&sInd=0&body=S&type=B&bn=0195

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Total Public Financing for Campaigns

Reform PA's campaign finance laws such that state-level and local campaigns will be completely publicly funded.

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Set Campaign Contribution Limits (in PA)

Reform PA campaign finance laws to specify maximum contributions that can be given to a single political committee by a single donor (PA is one of only 11 states without such regulations).

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Pass a 4th Amendment Protection Act

Petition the PA state legislature to pass a 4th Amendment Protection Act that reaffirms Pennsylvania's commitment to the 4th Amendment and rejects unlawful government surveillance

 

Note: This is a new national movement sponsored by Nullify NSA. Several states are already working on such legislation.

 

Model Legislation: https://s3.amazonaws.com/TAClegislation/4th-Amendment-Protection-Act.pdf

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Equal Treatment under the Law (LGBT)

Advocate for equal treatment of LGBT citizens by supporting anti-discrimination and marriage equality legislation.

 

Current legislation:

 

HB 300: http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billinfo/billinfo.cfm?syear=2011&sind=0&body=H&type=B&bn=0300

 

SB 719: http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billInfo/billInfo.cfm?sYear=2013&sInd=0&body=S&type=B&bn=0719

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Campaign: Environmental Justice

Stand in Support of Drilling Moritorium in State Forests & Parks

Corbett wants to balance budget by ruining our parks and rec areas.

 

It is especially troubling that the governor intends to raise $75 million by ending the ban on gas drilling beneath state forests and parks.

 

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/2014/02/10/Corbett-is-exploiting-public-lands-as-cash-cows/stories/201402100024#ixzz2vrGbFgaU

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Stand in Opposition on HB 1576 "Endangered Species Act"

The basis is that PA would have to wait for federal government to list an animal endangered before the state can. If the animal is specific to PA and not the entire country the government may not move fast on it as opposed to an animal found widely across many states. https://secure.humanesociety.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=6307&s_src=sh_tw_ty6307 HB 1576 is a solution in search of a problem and ...more »

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