Missouri Debates Agenda 21 Ban

By John Celock

The Republican-controlled Missouri House of Representatives moved forward Wednesday with legislation that would ban the United Nations sustainability plan, known as Agenda 21.

Lawmakers successfully amended the bill to include a ban on the retention of biometric data, along with the ban on local laws to enforce the sustainability program. The Agenda 21 was heated at times, as the bill’s sponsor insisted the U.N. was law in the United States, while opponents said it was not binding. The GOP-controlled Legislature passed an Agenda 21 ban last year that was vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon (D). The veto was sustained by lawmakers. A final vote is still needed on the current bill.

“It’s called a soft law document. That does bind,” state Rep. Mike Moon (R-Lawrence) told his colleagues. “It is binding. It is binding.”

The debate came hours after the state House Judiciary Committee took up Moon’s legislation to initiate impeachment proceedings against Nixon over his gay marriage and gun policies.

State Rep. Randy Dunn (D-Kansas City) engaged Moon in a spirited debate with the two talking over each other at times. Dunn dismissed the entire debate as “ludicrious” and said that the U.N. plan is not law in the United States.

“Agenda 21 is a non-binding U.N. resolution,” Dunn said. “Furthermore the resolution was signed under President Bush’s term in office.”

Agenda 21 was issued by the U.N. in 1992 during a global environmental summit in Brazil and has not been ratified by the U.S. Senate. The plan has been endorsed by Democratic and Republican presidents.

Tea Party lawmakers and the John Birch Society have argued that Agenda 21 is a U.N. plan to take control of private property in the United States and force Americans to live in walkable communities. Several states have passed bans on local enforcement of Agenda 21 principles. A Tea Party activist told the Georgia state Senate GOP caucus in 2012 that Agenda 21 would ban scuba diving, golf courses and floor tiles, among other things.

The U.N. plan has long been controversial in Missouri, with Tea Party lawmakers arguing that the international organization is seeking to control private property in the state and end development.

Moon told his colleagues that the state government needs to stop federal overreach. He argued that new federal animal regulations was hurting Americans.

“We have another example of the federal government trying to raise animals over man,” Moon said. “We should have dominion over animals.”

Moon was joined by other lawmakers in supporting the bill.

“If we don’t do something as a state to curtail government regulations coming and trying to dictate our way of life we won’t have that way of life,” a lawmakers said. “This is protecting our rights as citizens of the state of Missouri. It is not the black helicopters. These people are a threat to our way of life.”

Democratic legislators around the country have argued against Agenda 21 bans with former Kansas state Rep. Mike Slattery (D-Mission) famously quoting “Forrest Gump” during a 2012 debate, describing the arguments against Agenda 21 as “stupid is as stupid does.”

Dunn told the House what he thinks of the bill.

“Get your tin foil hats ready, this is absolutely crazy,” he said.