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.Details