Nixon Vetoes Anti-United Nations Legislation

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) — Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed a bill Monday that would have barred state or local officials from adopting policies outlined in a 1992 United Nations document that could affect private property rights. (SB265)

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The measure took aim at “Agenda 21,” a nonbinding UN agreement signed by 178 nations that encourages sustainable development. The agreement encourages environmentally friendly and sustainable practices around the world, with suggestions from the international level down to cities and towns.

“Senate Bill No. 265 would forced ambiguously worded restrictions on state and local governments,” Nixon said in his official veto statement.

Adding, “it is fundamentally misguided and unnecessary to require local government officials to become international law experts in order to perform their duties.

“The premise of Senate Bill 265, to the extent it is discernible, is wrong and the solution it puts forth is worse.”

Agenda 21 imposed no mandates on local governments, and not a single pejorative action in Missouri has been tied to it.

Representative Lyle Rowland (R-Cedar Creek) sponsored the bill.


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