Today, the Arizona Senate voted on SB1403 – Agenda 21 nullification and it passed 16-13! Senator Judy Burges, along with Senators Crandell, Griffin, Melvin, Murphy, Shooter and Ward introduced a bill that would prohibit Arizona from implementing any creed, doctrine, principles or any tenet of the United Nations Rio Declaration on Environment and Development.
The bill simply states;
“Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:
Section 1. Rio declaration on environment and development; prohibition; definition
A. Notwithstanding any other law, the state of Arizona and all political subdivisions of this state shall not adopt or implement the creed, doctrine, principles or any tenet of the United Nations Rio Declaration on Environment and Development and the Statement of Principles for Sustainable Development adopted at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June, 1992 or any other international law that contravenes the United States Constitution or the Constitution of Arizona.
B. Since the United Nations has enlisted the support of numerous independent, non-governmental organizations to implement this agenda around the world, the state of Arizona and all political subdivisions are prohibited from implementing programs of, expending any sum of money for, being a member of, receiving funding from, contracting services from, or giving financial or other forms of aid to the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives or any of its related or affiliated organizations including Countdown 2010, Local Action for Biodiversity, European Centre for Nature Conservation, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and the President’s Council on Sustainable Development, enacted on June 29, 1993 by Executive Order 12852.
C. For the purposes of this section, “political subdivision” includes this state, or a county, city or town in this state, or a public partnership or any other public entity in this state.”
Objections to Agenda 21 include a variety of concerns, including the violation of personal property rights, the erosion of state and local authority, and the binding of the United States to international agreements that would violate our Constitution.
Opposition to Agenda 21 reaches across the political spectrum, including but not limited to, Republicans, some Democrats, Tea Party groups, the John Birch Society, Americans for Prosperity, and us at the Tenth Amendment Center.
ACTION ITEMS for Arizona
1. Contact House representatives. Strongly, but politely, let them know you want them to vote YES on SB1403. Remind them that you expect them to support the Constitution. SB1403 will help protect our constitution which they swore an oath to uphold and you expect a YES vote.
2. Share this information widely. Please pass this along to your friends and family. Also share it with any and all grassroots groups you’re in contact with around the state. Please encourage them to email this information to their members and supporters.
Also, you might want to call and thank Senator Judy Burges for introducing the bill. Also thank the Senators that voted YES on the bill.
Adam Henriksen [send him email] is the state chapter coordinator for the Arizona Tenth Amendment Center. Originally from Georgia, Adam has lived in Arizona for 15 years and has been with the Tenth Amendment Center since 2012.
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