Arizona State Senate to Pass Anti-UN Sustainability Bill
Arizona lawmakers appear close to sending to Gov. Jan Brewer a tea party-backed bill that proponents say would stop a United Nations takeover conspiracy but that critics claim could end state and cities’ pollution-fighting efforts and even dismantle the state unemployment office.
A final legislative vote is expected Monday on a bill that would outlaw government support of any of the 27 principles contained in the 1992 United Nations Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, also sometimes referred to as Agenda 21.
Senate Bill 1507 was passed by the state Senate last month and received an initial House affirmation Wednesday. It is sponsored by state Sen. Judy Burges, R-Sun City West, who also sponsored a state birther bill that Brewer vetoed last year.
A state Senator that not only is a Tea Partier, but also a Birther, and in Arizona of all places? What shocking news.
But House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix, has a different view.
‘It’s the most poorly crafted bill in this state,’ Campbell told msnbc.com. ‘It’s so broad and overreaching, we’re not sure what it could impact.’
Well that’s good, a bill that could do anything and everything. Must be more of that small government stuff Tea Partiers preach about.
Among the U.N. declaration’s non-binding principles are calls for sustainable development, environmental protection, eradicating poverty, eliminating unsustainable production and consumption patterns, economic growth and the participation of women in government decisions…
Campbell also said that the state’s Economic Security Department, which handles unemployment and welfare benefits, could be outlawed because it has to do with eradicating poverty.
Also, Arizona universities have sustainability programs that could be banned if the bill becomes law, Campbell warned.
Arizona State University has a School of Sustainability, Northern Arizona University offers a master’s in sustainable communities, and the University of Arizona has an environment and sustainability portal.
Oh I get it now. This is a job creation bill. Silly me for not seeing it earlier.
Rep. Terri Proud, R-Tucson, told supporters in an email that the U.N. declaration ‘will take away our rights as Americans by allowing the United Nations to mandate laws on our soil,’ the AzCapitolTimes.com reported. ‘It’s very real and it is happening.’
The Black Helicopters are headed this way. Time to grab the tin foil and a make a run for it.