Arizona Senate OKs Bill Rejecting UN Declaration on Environment


Howard Fischer
Arizona Daily Star
March 23, 2013

Fearing international intrusion into Arizona’s affairs, the Senate voted Wednesday to make it illegal for state and local governments to recognize the United Nations or any of its declarations as legal authority here.

While some lawmakers have always been suspicious of the U.N., the focus of this measure is that organization’s Rio Declaration, adopted in 1992, which deals with issues of environment and development. Sen. Judy Burges, R-Sun City West, said the key to her SB 1403 is ensuring that decisions and policies adopted by the international body that are contrary to federal and state law are not adopted here.

“The only thing that would be prohibited under my bill is if it’s unconstitutional,” she said.

“It asks the people to stand up and to support those things that support the Constitution, which is the guiding principles of this country,” Burges continued. “The Constitution is what has protected us against an overreaching government all of these years.”

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Text from (SB1403 – 511R – S Ver) below:

SENATE BILL 1403

AN ACT Prohibiting the state and its political subdivisions from recognizing the United Nations or any of its declarations as legal authority in this state.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:

Section 1. Rio declaration on environment and development; prohibition; definition

A. Notwithstanding any other law, the state of Arizona and all political subdivisions of this state consistent with section 38-231, Arizona Revised Statutes, requiring officers and employees to support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution and laws of this state shall not recognize the United Nations or any of its declarations as legal authority in this state, including the United Nations Rio Declaration on Environment and Development and the Statement of Principles for Sustainable Development adopted at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June, 1992.

B. Since the United Nations has enlisted the support of numerous independent, non-governmental organizations to implement its agenda around the world, the state of Arizona and all its political subdivisions are prohibited from directly and knowingly, for the express purpose of adopting or implementing the United Nations Rio Declaration on Environment and Development and the Statement of Principles for Sustainable Development, expending any sum of money for, being a member of, receiving funding from, contracting services from, or giving financial or other forms of aid to any group that espouses the usurping or overthrow of the Constitution of the United States.

C. For the purposes of this section, “political subdivision” includes this state, or a county, city or town in this state including any special districts authorized by a county, city or town.


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