Bills To Watch: Stopping Agenda 21's UN Invasion

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A wide-ranging group of Republicans—including Glenn Beck and National Republican Committeeman Bruce Ash of Tucson—is concerned about U.N. Agenda 21, an innocuous-sounding 1991 resolution supported by former President George W. Bush. Agenda 21 calls for sustainable development, conservation and women's rights. This has been translated by right-leaning analysts as an attack on private-property rights and another step in the U.N.'s plan to take over the United States. (BTW: Some on the right do not believe in the plot.)

In response, Republican Sen. Judy Burges of Skull Valley has sponsored SB 1403, which would forbid state agencies from participating in anything that could advance the cause of U.N. Agenda 21. This creates a number of problem for state agencies involved with water and energy conservation, since such programs now may be considered in line with the goals of Agenda 21.

Despite those concerns, Burges—citing the "seductive evils" of energy conservation and sustainable development—has pushed ahead with the bill, which passed out of the Government and Environment Committee last week on a 4-3 party-line vote and passed the Senate Rules Committee on Monday, Feb. 25, but was retained on the Committee of the Whole vote on Thursday, Feb. 28.

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