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Don Gaetz: Expect Anti-U.N. Agenda 21 in 2013

June 18, 2012 - 6:00pm

Expect a bill that shelters private property in Florida from takeover by a United Nations-led world government effort, Senate President-designate Don Gaetz said Tuesday.

And expect that bill to receive favorable support.

Appearing on Fort Walton radio station WFTW 1260 AM, Gaetz said he expected Florida lawmakers to introduce and approve a bill similar to Senate Bill 477 that has been approved by the Alabama Legislature.

I think there is a very good chance that bill will come up, Gaetz said.

Personally, I oppose anybody or anything that tramples on the United States sovereignty.And property rights are a pretty strong topic in the Florida Legislature, Gaetz added.

Weve got a very diverse state and a lot of people with different opinions, but when it comes down to the rights of private property I think there will be a strong opportunity to get something through the legislatures. I would hope so.

The Alabama bill, approved by the state Legislature in May, bars the state of Alabama from developing environmental and developmental policies that take over private property without due process.

The bill was filed with the intent of protecting Alabamians from United Nations Agenda 21.

The state of Alabama and all political subdivisions may not adopt or implement policy recommendations that deliberately or inadvertently infringe or restrict private property rights without due process, as may be required by policy recommendations originating in, or traceable to, "Agenda 21," adopted by the United Nations 1992 at its Conference on Environment and Development or any other international law or ancillary plan of action that contravenes the Constitution of the United States or the Constitution of the state of Alabama, the bill states.

Agenda 21, a plan to lessen human impact on the environment, is a sustainable development initiative that some conservatives view as a Trojan Horse for the creation of a one-world government.

Humanity stands at a defining moment in history, states the Preamble to Agenda 21. We are confronted with a perpetuation of disparities between and within nations, a worsening of poverty, hunger, ill health and illiteracy, and the continuing deterioration of the ecosystems on which we depend for our well-being. However, integration of environment and development concerns and greater attention to them will lead to the fulfilment of basic needs, improved living standards for all, better protected and managed ecosystems and a safer, more prosperous future. No nation can achieve this on its own; but together we can -- in a global partnership for sustainable development.

Reach Jim Turner at jturner@sunshinestatenews.com or at (772) 215-9889.

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