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Oklahoma Bill that Would Block Agenda 21 Passes House Committee
A bill in the Oklahoma House that would nullify United Nations Agenda 21 was passed by the State’s Rights Committee, yet another step in that state’s attempts to resist implementation of the international agreement. The committee vote was 9-4 (see how representatives voted here).
The bill, HB1412 now has to pass through the House Calendar Committee before it can be brought up for a full vote on the House floor.
The Senate version of the bill, SB23, was introduced December 12, 2012, and referred to the Energy Committee on February 5, 2013. So far, it has received no votes. If passed, participation by any state, county or municipal agency in Agenda 21 or its local offshoot, ICLEI, would be prohibited.
HB1412 states, in part:
The state or any political subdivision of the state shall not adopt or implement policy recommendations that deliberately or inadvertently infringe upon or restrict private property rights without due process, as may be required by policy recommendations originating in, or traceable to United Nations Agenda 21/Sustainable Development and any of its subsequent modifications, a resolution adopted by the United Nations in 1992 at its Conference on Environment and Development held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and commonly known as the Earth Summit and reconfirmed in its Rio+20 Conference held in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012, or any other international law or ancillary plan of action that contravenes the Constitution of the United States or the Oklahoma Constitution.
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.
Oklahoma residents who wish to help their state nullify Agenda 21 should go to their legislature’s website to find their legislators as well as the respective House and Senate committee members. Politely but firmly urge your elected officials to support SB23 and HB1412 and get them to a full vote in both houses.