Agenda 21 Bill Rejected In Montana

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An Agenda 21 bill in Montana was rejected by lawmakers earlier this week. The bill was reportedly designed to protect property rights and states rights from the dictates and regulations in the non-binding United Nations plan.

The Montana Agenda 21 bill was sponsored by Sun River Republican Randy Pinocci. House Bill 583 failed by just a slight margin with a vote of 59 to 41. Representative Pinocci reportedly feels that the anti-Agenda 21 bill would have protected Montana residents’ property rights while rejecting the United Nations sustainable development initiative.

Those who voted in opposition to the Agenda 21 bill in Montana largely felt that the U.N. sustainable development plan is merely a “list of recommendations regarding smart growth” and added that no citizens have yet come forward to complain that the plan has been pushed upon them or caused them problems at the local level.

As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Agenda 21 is a voluntary United Nations project billed as a sustainable development action plan. Adopted by 178 countries in 1992, the plan is based on 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.

Agenda 21 Biodiversity Map.

Agenda 21 Biodiversity Map.

Because the United Nations Agenda 21 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.

Iowa’s first female Senator, Joni Ernst, had this to say about the United Nations Agenda 21 plan while on the campaign trail.

“The United Nations has imposed this upon us, and as a U.S. Senator, I would say no more. No more Agenda 21. All of us agreed that Agenda 21 is a horrible idea, and I’m sure most of you have followed that. One of the implications to Americans, again, going back to what did it do to the individual family here in the state of Iowa, and what I’ve seen, the implications that it has here is moving people off of their agricultural land and consolidating them into city sectors and then telling them, ‘You don’t have property rights anymore. These are all things that the UN is behind, and it’s bad for the United States, it’s bad for families here in the state of Iowa.”

Recently, the Oklahoma House of Representatives members voted overwhelmingly to support a similar anti-Agenda 21 bill. The Oklahoma Community Protection Act, if passed by the full state legislative body, would nullify any Agenda 21 “attacks” on property rights in the state. The HB 2807 bill has now moved on to the Oklahoma Senate for review.

A similar Agenda 21 bill pending in Missouri would prevent any political subdivision from passing or implementing policy recommendations that “deliberately or inadvertently infringe or restrict private property rights” without due process.