Representative Mike Moon introduced House Bill 1647 to stop an international non-binding agreement from the United Nations that tells local and state governments how to conduct development plans on private and state property.

The proposed legislation will protect private property and state land use. It also protects the sovereignty of Missouri.

This bill prohibits the State of Missouri and all political subdivisions from adopting or implementing policy recommendations that infringe or restrict private property rights without due process as may be required by policy recommendations originating in or traceable to Agenda 21, adoptedby the United Nations, or any other international law or ancillary plan of action that conflicts with the Constitution of the United States or the Missouri Constitution. Agenda 21 is a non-binding action plan regarding sustainabledevelopment adopted by the United Nations in 1992 at its Conference on Environment and Development.

The State of Missouri and any political subdivision are also prohibited from entering into any agreement with, expending any sum of money for, receiving funds from, contracting services from, or giving financial aid to nongovernmental and intergovernmental organizations as defined in Agenda 21.

Agenda 21 disregards state sovereignty and private property. The American’s for Prosperity writes, “Whether inspired by Agenda 21 or not, “sustainable development” initiatives assume a much larger role for government in directing the economy and making decisions that affect day-to-day life. As a result, instead of protecting every individual’s right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” many of these regulations can actually do the opposite. Overly burdensome land use and zoning regulations can conflict with private property rights and the ability for landowners to use their land as they see fit. Such restrictions can also reduce property values to the detriment of owners when they are prevented from using natural resources, cultivating for agriculture, or building housing or commercial structures on their land.”

They group continues by saying, “One specific example is anti-sprawl regulations. Designed to keep rural and ‘wild’ areas off limits to development, these regulations actually undercut the supply of affordable housing for middle-class families. This is basic economics: when all new development for a growing population is forced into existing urban footprints, land prices rise, home sizes shrink, and families end up paying higher rents or mortgage payments for less and less living space.”

HB1647 has been referred to the Downsizing State Government.

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If you are a Missouri resident and would like to protect private property and state sovereignty from a foreign government, please contact the committee members here.

Kelli Sladick

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