From a recent post about defeating a “Smart Meter” measure that WAS to be implemented in a Texas town.
“…Get a petition together. It requires 5 percent of registered voters or 20,000, whichever is less. You, by petition, change your city charter to get fluoride out of your water, change your city charter that says that you, as the resident, have the right to remove any product or service you deem harmful to your person, property, or privacy, regardless of what the elected officials say, …that they don’t think there’s a problem. We are the people. This is power.”
Each dot represents an individual committed to bringing Smart Meter Opt Out petitions to these 32 Counties
Using Texas Local Government Code 9.004 petition guidelines, a group of citizens in Brady, Texas put forth four amendment propositions to their City Charter for consideration of the voters. Proposition 27 allowed customers to Opt Out of the Smart Meters at no charge to them and no surcharge moving forward while the other three were necessary to clarify recall language in sections of the City Charter. These three recall propositions were necessary as City Council had proposed propositions which would have virtually eliminated our right to petition for recall. Also included on the ballot was a recall of the Mayor who had obstructed individual’s right to seek action of their elected officials, stifled any form of protest by reducing citizen’s comments from 5 minutes to 2 minutes and rejected the original recall petition. It was necessary to file a Writ of Mandamus to win the right for the recall election to take place. On May 11,2013, over 72% of the voters of the City of Brady in McCulloch County voted for the recall of Mayor Gail Lohn and voted for all the amendments to the Charter that were submitted by citizen petition.
The above chart shows the level of interest within 8 hours of the story being released through my personal email and social media. Imagine what it will look like between now and August when it gets blasted through the 20,000 FB posts from one contact, 80 Tea Party Groups, Democrats against Agenda21 and the countless posts that will be generated. Code 9.004 puts the government back where it belongs – with the PEOPLE.
Remember “A Government Of the People, By the People and For the People”.
If you are interested in learning how to use 9.004 in your community, please fill out the form above and you will be notified of upcoming conference calls.
”The Pink Dot” – Emily’s story: My 10 year old daughter, Emily, has a blood-brain barrier deficiency, hyperlipidemia, inflammation/viral infections of the brain/gut (inflammatory gut/brain), static encephalopathy/autism, toxic metal body burden, glutathione deficiency (liver). She is very EMF sensitive and we do not have a Smart Meter on our home, but the rest of our neighborhood does and this has been effecting her horribly. I have documented her being exposed to other peoples smart meters and her reactions to being hit with a ‘pulse’ wave from smart meters. She immediately starts to have dilated pupils of her eyes and begins to seize, ‘howling’ out cries, and shakes a little all over.
This is only one of countless lives tortured by this technology.
Getting Started: Watch for notice of conference calls
1. Visit your City website and look for City Charter or visit this site that has numerous City Chartershttp://www.franklinlegal.net/codes.html. In the intro area it should state if it is a Home Rule Charter. If so find out when your City Charter is eligible for changes submission as Charters can only occur every 2 years.
2. Find out how many registered voters there are in your City – 9.004 requires 5% or 20,000 signatures whichever is less for an amendment to go before the voters. (20,000 is only 100 locations getting 200 signatures – not hard). Determine number of registered signatures needed – need a minimum of an extra 10 % to 15 % of the required numbers to allow for signatures being thrown out due to can’t read name or address or date of birth that doesn’t match registered voter’s list or people don’t know they’re not registered voters in the City. Get spreadsheet list of registered City Voters from Voters Registrar’s office ($19) – if possible, self screen signatures before submission to the City Secretary.
3. Find people of like mind regarding the right of a Citizen of Texas to refuse a product or service they deem harmful to their person, property or privacy. This is a very bi-partisan effort. Need to form a General Political Action Committee (PAC) if spending over $500 on multiple political issues which requires a filing with State of Texas Ethics Commission. If spending over $500 on a single special issue, filing is done at the City Hall or the School District or County Clerk depending on issue. There is no charge for forming a PAC but there are reporting requirements.
4. Get familiar with your City Charter. Find out who your Charter Review Commission Members are. If your City provides your utilities and is not permitting an Opt Out of the Smart Meter, – put one in. Another thought, if your Charter doesn’t have recall options – put one in. Don’t like how they handle Citizen’s Comments – change it, if you don’t want Fluoride in your water, make it prohibited for the City Charter. If your utilities are provided by a third party, put in language that given an adequate number of signatures on a petition, the issue comes before the voters and the next eligible voting date of May or November.
5. The petition has to go before the City Council and must be submitted by August to be in on the November ballot or by March for a May ballot.
6. Each subject requires a separate petition and signatures.
7. Petitions must provide printed name, signature, address, date of birth, voter ID and date of signature and must state the wording for the amendment. Confirm the above requirements with the City Secretary prior to starting the petition.
i. If a person has power of attorney on spouse – they cannot sign a petition – they will throw it out.
ii. If a person is disabled for signature their “X” is valid.
iii. The only original signature needed on a petition is the signature of the signer so the petitioners should neatly print the
signers name, address and date of birth. Either the date of birth or the Voter ID is needed and date of signing.
Petition Suggestions: http://law.onecle.com/texas/election/277.001.00.html
8. Petitioners need to have bullet points of what the petition is for – short and simple.
9. Establish location where people sign – and get signage setup.
10. Put articles in newspaper, Facebook, radio etc. Make copies of submitted petitions if possible – at a minimum number the bottom of all pages submitted (ex. 1 of 17 etc.).
11. Get signed date and time receipt from City for submission of petitions.
12. Pray for God’s favor to soften people’s heart to hear the truth.
NOTE: People do not like to sign petitions – they may be for your cause and will vote during an election but they do not like to sign petitions – especially business owners, bankers, bank employees, school employees, City employees, County employees, Government offices (LCRA) etc.
I am not an attorney and no information contained on this site should be construed as legal advice but if I can be of any assistance or can answer any questions, please give me a call.
Proposition 27 on the City of Brady May 11, 2013 ballot
Section 12.21 – Utility Customer Rights:
The utility customers of the City of Brady have the right to decline installation and the right to request removal of any product and/or service of the City which the customer deems harmful to their person, property or privacy. The City of Brady shall notify customers by mail of these rights and include the manner and date the customer must notify the City of their intent to decline installation and/or request removal of product and/or service. Upon receipt of notification, the City of Brady shall comply with the customer’s request to decline installation and/or for removal of the product and/or service within 30 days. The City shall restore all previously provided utilities at no charge to the customer. The City shall not impose a surcharge to customers who decline installation and/or request removal of any product and/or service. The City of Brady is civilly liable to the customer for personal injury, property damage or death during the time the customer was subjected to product and/or service use.
Texas Local Government Code –
Section 9.004. Charter Amendments
Government Code – Section 9.004. Charter Amendments (click for link) § 9.004. CHARTER AMENDMENTS. (a) The governing body of a municipality on its own motion may submit a proposed charter amendment to the municipality’s qualified voters for their approval at an election. The governing body shall submit a proposed charter amendment to the voters for their approval at an election if the submission is supported by a petition signed by a number of qualified voters of the municipality equal to at least five percent of the number of qualified voters of the municipality or 20,000, whichever number is the smaller.
(b) The ordinance ordering the election shall provide for the election to be held on the first authorized uniform election date prescribed by the Election Code or on the earlier of the date of the next municipal general election or presidential general election. The election date must allow sufficient time to comply with other requirements of law and must occur on or after the 30th day after the date the ordinance is adopted.
(c) Notice of the election shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation published in the municipality. The notice must:
(1) include a substantial copy of the proposed amendment; and
(2) be published on the same day in each of two successive weeks, with the first publication occurring before the 14th day before the date of the election.
(d) An amendment may not contain more than one subject.
(e) The ballot shall be prepared so that a voter may approve or disapprove any one or more amendments without having to approve or disapprove all of the amendments.