Citizens' Alliance for Property Rights (CAPR) was pleased to accept on behalf of our membership an invitation from Representative Luanne Van Werven to attend the signing of her bill 2307! This marks an important moment in the work CAPR has done to promote property rights, and to promote the recognition of the substantive rights of property owners - the legislature must acknowledge the validity, or legality of its acts, and that law-making has consequences. We are enthused to see this bill reflects these ideals! Representative Van Werven has with this bill taken an important step in protecting property owners and their rights.
How is that Hirst Fix working out for ya? In Spokane County, the answer is shamefully, woefully, not well! Spokane County's response to the latest in fix for Hirst, 6091 which is now session law, is to go ahead with a questionable water bank that will be severely intrusive and seriously devalue properties with covenances stating restricted water use, and requiring an easement for the property right of the air space above your home so you may be monitored for enforcement purposes! 6091 fails by many miles, far short of the much needed oversight of Agencies and Local Government that a well-constructed constitutionally based bill should have. Ecology has written with the help of Spokane County Commissioners, Water Resource Managers and Aspect Consulting a systemic method to deny the people of Spokane County the d
Yesterday, the Washington State Legislature started the new Legislative session with great ceremony and fanfare in Olympia. On the first day of session, every year, the legislators walk down the aisle, Democrats on the left, Republicans on the right as they stride to their respective seats. The flag ceremony, the anthem, new leadership sworn in, newly electeds recognized by their peers, and the visitor’s gallery is filled to capacity. Thus begins the clock for the countdown to the end of the “short” session. Every second that ticks by, a certain sense of urgency grips the state. From long, painful experience we know our freedoms and our pocketbooks will not be safe as long as the legislature remains in session in Olympia.
CAPR has created a flyer which represents the comments on Hirst we have gathered from Washington Citizens. Please print and use this flyer for visits to the legislature.
Join your CAPR Lobbyist and CAPR Members on the first day of legislative session, January 8th, to visit your legislator and express your opinions of a Hirst Solution.
December 1, 2017
Secretary Ryan Zinke
Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington DC 20240
Subject: Conversion of Land to Tribal Trust Status
As officers of the Citizens Alliance for Property Rights (CAPR), an organization with 31 chapters in Washington
State and California dedicated to protecting and promoting property rights for all Americans, we are writing you to
request that the Department of the Interior make the impact on local communities a primary consideration when
determining whether to approve tribal requests to convert land outside their reservations from fee to trust. This has
become a controversial issue in many jurisdictions in our two states and we suspect across the nation as a whole.