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.
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.