In what may be the biggest attack on our property rights in my lifetime, the Legislature was unable to come to an agreement on a fix to allow rural landowners access to water via permit exempt wells. Despite a 105-day regular session and three, 30-day special sessions, many rural landowners in our state will not have access to water and will see their investments decimated and their dreams shattered. At the same time, many other property owners will see their property taxes go up as a result of the impending property tax shift.
Legislative lessons learned...
Citizens rallied to call the federal government to deny the attempted land and jursidictional grab in the Swinomish Constitution Changes!
The legislature is adjourned with the House planning to meet on the floor Wednesday July 19 at 9:55 am, and the Senate scheduled to meet at noon of the same day.
The Passing of Dr. Michael Coffman
From Freedom Advocates:
Dr. Michael Coffman, a friend, colleague and long time defender of private property rights died on June 21, 2017. Dr. Coffman was an author, researcher, speaker, and founding contributor to the fight against Agenda 21 Sustainable Development. Dr. Coffman was President of Environmental Perspectives, Inc. (EPI), and Executive Director of Sovereignty International.
Hirst is Wrong and Must Be Fixed!
Many factors complicate fixing the Hirst Decision, ideology chief among the complicating factors!
Recently, CAPR’s Skagit chapter invited Elaine Willman, nationally renowned author and public speaker, to hold a workshop on water and property rights, specifically in the context of conflicts with tribal governments. Ms Willman, who has written two popular books on that subject, is an expert on federal government and tribal decisions and how they impact land use inside and outside Indian reservations. She also is vocal about threats to constitutional rights for both tribal members and other American citizens.
House Democrat Leadership has produced an alternative Hirst Fix Bill, HB 2239, http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2017-18/Pdf/Bills/House%20Bills/2239.pdf This bill could only be considered a compromise by those not able and willing to do so.
Representative Jim Walsh of Aberdeen provides an insightful editorial in The Daily News. He wants the legislature to seize the opportunity to make sense of Hirst by passing SSB 5239! Thank you Representative Walsh for your clear look at the facts and your article!