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5-1-17 CAPR Newsletter Legislative Update

Dear CAPR members, friends,supporters!

Washington Water War The 8th Day of the Special Session will begin on Monday May 1. This will leave 22 days of the special session to fight for water rights for every citizen in the state. Senator Jim Honeyford (Jim.Honeyford@leg.wa.gov) rightly stated no budget will pass until after a Hirst fix bill has passed! The prior session ended with no bill passing but the legislature is still looking at SSB 5239 to provide a solution for the thousands of families who have had their water rights taken. Senator Honeyford's open and strong support of families damaged by the Hirst Decision is appreciated! The damaging amendments from Democrats Stanford and Springer must not again prevent the passage of a bill to fix the Hirst Decision.

Pocket Gophers Continue to Endanger the Human Species.

Pocket Gopher have had special status over humans beginning in 2014, when environmental groups pushed the federal government to list them as endangered species.  They have been thriving as they always have, but rural life is endangered by the presence of gophers.  Thurston County commissioners are trying to inject a little sanity to the unfounded listing of this species of gophers.

Will SB 5239 Be Enough of a Fix to the Hirst Decision?

5239 is most likely going to be heard in the house before the March 29 deadline to hear bills in the opposite house.  Those who understand the devastating loss of property and water rights, loss of the use of their land, and extreme devaluation, often up to 90% of their value, for thousands of families of many counties are working to improve this bill.  Those who do not understand this kind of loss are likewise involved.  The Hirst decision has also impacted counties and the state in terms of loss of productivity and commerce in their communities along with a drop in tax revenue.

Consider the work and success of CAPR as you give this year! You can help!

As CAPR enters our 14th year, we are reflecting on our many recent successes in our efforts to identify, educate, train, and mobilize property rights advocates, and to restore and defend property rights. Our ongoing efforts and successes in 2016 encourage us to keep working for the rights of all! Please help CAPR in this fight for freedom!

Tales of Tyranny: The Cross Family and Ozzie

In 2016, the Washington State Department of Ecology began a targeted harassment program accusing small farmers and property owners of having a "potential to pollute" the watershed because they have an animal on their property. In Whatcom County alone, many people have been forced to euthanize or give away their pet goats, sheep, horses, llamas, or other farm animals to avoid the targeted legal and financial threats.

Tales of Tyranny: The Arthur Thomas Story

This is the first of a series of videos, Tales of Tyranny, produced by Citizens' Alliance for Property Rights (CAPR) in Washington State.  These short video stories about people who have been harmed by abusive government regulation, zealous prosecution of  ridiculous rules, criminalization of minor code infractions, and the destruction of property rights.  Ordinary citizens have been harmed by government as policy. 

 

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