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.
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.
By Glen Morgan and Cindy Alia
On October 6, 2016, Futurewise, with the assistance of six Washington State Supreme Court Justices, managed to win the lawsuit lottery. The Supreme Court ruled in Hirst v. W. Washington Growth Management Hearings Board (decision linked here) on a 6-3 vote in favor of Futurewise and against the people. This ruling invented new land use rules approved by no legislature or elected official. This litigious and aggressive environmental NGO funded by wealthy Seattle donors was able to end the historic private well exemption.
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.
CAPR Lobbyist Cindy Alia is looking forward to working the halls and offices in Olympia this 2020 Session to bring recognition of and respect for property rights to legislators. CAPR has been busy this interim lobbying state agencies and working as a stakeholder doing all that could be done to prevail on the agency to repect the privacy of and property of private property owners in State Department of Health meetings for rulemaking about Onsite Septic Systems, CAPR's property rights lobbyist is pushing back on rules that may harm the use of properties and standing up for property owners' rights to privacy, ownership and responsibility for OSS.