Report by Tim Ravndal, posted at Tenth Amendment Center •
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, April 12, 2013 – Two bills protecting property rights and nullifying Agenda 21 provisions overwhelmingly passed each chamber of the Missouri legislature in the last week.
House Bill 42, sponsored by Lyle Rowland, amends Chapter 1 of the Revised Statutes in Missouri by adding a new section relating to the prohibition on certain policies that infringe on private property rights.
The legislation is charging forward and passed the House of Representatives with a vote of 113 to 42 on Wednesday.
The bill prohibits the adoption or implementation of any policy or regulation that deliberately or inadvertently infringes or restricts private property rights without due process, and more specifically prohibits any policy recommendations that originate in or traceable to Agenda 21, along with any other international law or ancillary plan of action that contravenes the Constitution of the United States or the Missouri Constitution.
“…the State of Missouri and all political subdivisions are prohibited from entering any agreement with, expending any sum of money for, receiving funds from, contracting services from, or giving financial aid to those nongovernmental and intergovernmental organizations as defined in Agenda 21…”
HB 42 finds foundation in limiting the government in the Missouri Constitution, found in Article I Section 2;
“That all constitutional government is intended to promote the general welfare of the people; that all persons have a natural right to life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness and the enjoyment of the gains of their own industry; that all persons are created equal and are entitled to equal rights and opportunity under the law; that to give security to these things is the principal office of government, and that when government does not confer this security, it fails in its chief design.”
The bill now is scheduled to go before the Senate General Laws Committee on April 16 for an open hearing on the bill.
On the Senate Side, Senator Brian Nieves sponsors the companion bill. SB 265 passed the Senate, with a vote of 24 to 9 on April 4. The bill has been sent to the House for its consideration and is awaiting a hearing before the “Downsizing State Government” committee.
With both bills passing their respective chambers, finalized legislation will likely move on to Gov. Jay Nixon’s desk quickly.
Agenda 21 is an initiative adopted by the United Nations in 1992 at its Conference on Environmental and Development, encompassing a broad range of programs meant to promote “sustainability.” It works its way into the U.S. system through a back door strategy targeting local governments. Objections to Agenda 21 include violations of personal property rights, the erosion of state and local authority, and binding of the United States to international agreements contrary to the U.S. Constitution.
Both bills take that important step to ensure the rights of the people are protected.
If you live in Missouri, contact your Senator and Representative and let them know you support efforts to nullify Agenda 21 and protect basic property rights. You can find Senate contact information HERE, and House contact information HERE.
We urge everyone to contact Mr. Lyle Rowland here; mailto:Lyle.Rowland@house.mo.gov and thank him for his work.
We also recommend that everyone contact Mr. Brian Nieves here; mailto:Brian.Nieves@senate.mo.gov and thank him as well.
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