The Oklahoma House of Representatives members voted overwhelmingly in support of a measure designed to protect the unalienable rights of property owners and due process procedures earlier this month in order to curtail Agenda 21 plans in the state. The Oklahoma Community Protection Act would nullify any Agenda 21 or related assaults on individual property rights in the state. The HB 2807 bill has now moved onto the Oklahoma Senate for review.
Agenda 21 is a voluntary, non-binding UN action plan which is allegedly focused solely on sustainable development. Adopted by 178 countries in 1992, the plan is based upon a program to abolish poverty and protect "fragile environments" by "properly" managing cities. Some charge the program wants to push all citizens into cities. America is a "signatory" country to Agenda 21. Since the plan is a non-binding statement and not a treaty, a vote on the matter was deemed unnecessary. In the United States, more than 500 cities are members of an international sustainability organization that reportedly supports the implementation of the United Nations biodiversity program.
Over the course of the past several years, other state-led initiatives to secure property rights also received passage by a significant margin. Last year a similar bill to protect citizens from Agenda 21 actions was stalled in committee. Then Oklahoma State Senator Cliff Branan opposed the bill. Branan is now a candidate for the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.
Oklahoma State Representative Mike Rtze had this to say about Agenda 21 legislation:
"It is very important for states to re-assert their sovereignty and protect the rights of citizens from intrusive and oppressive measures coming down from the federal government and even international organizations like the UN. The states operated for two centuries quite well on their own, so what we are doing now is taking back our rightful powers and ensuring that Oklahomans can continue to live in freedom under constitutionally limited government without outside unconstitutional intervention."
If the Oklahoma Community Protection Act ultimately passes it will land on the desk of Republican Governor Mary Fallin. The law establishes strict penalties for the violation of residents' property rights by government officials. The mandate would also nullify as unconstitutional any infringements by an international or federal government agency on due process and property rights. Representative Lewis Moore said, "The bill protects your private property from being acquired by eminent domain without a public voter or public hearing."
An excerpt from the Oklahoma Agenda 21 bill reads:
"Any attempt to restrict private property rights without due process of law shall be deemed null and void per the Oklahoma Constitution and the United States Constitution. [The act is] prohibiting adoption of policies that restrict private property rights without due process; listing specific due process elements; providing exception; declaring certain changes be subject to change; providing monies to be property of political subdivision; nullifying private property restrictions without due process specifying damages and attorney fees; providing for codification; and providing an effective date."If a court decides that an Oklahoma property owners Constitutional rights have been violated, damages will be awarded in favor of the property owner at an amount not less than 10 times the assessed property value of the home as determined the prior year by a county assessor, the Agenda 21 bill also states.
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