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January 7, 2013

GOP leaders expect more conservative bills

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OKLAHOMA CITY —

“There’s nothing wrong with making suggestions and proposals on ways that we can protect the environment, but when they start imposing these restrictions on private property owners, that’s when it crosses the line and that’s what we have to be concerned about.”
Another Senate resolution, by Sen. Josh Brecheen, R-Coalgate, describes Agenda 21 as a “comprehensive plan of extreme environmentalism, social engineering, and global political control” and a “socialist/communist-style redistribution of wealth.”
Anderson was lambasted in a Tulsa World editorial that accused him of buying into the conspiracy theory that the United Nations is trying to take over the country.
“Sen. Anderson, the Mayan calendar was wrong, the government is not coming to get your guns and the United Nations is not plotting to take over the United States,” the newspaper wrote in a recent editorial.
The attempt by Oklahoma lawmakers to target some of the Agenda 21 goals is raising some concern among local city planners.
“It’s an insane conspiracy theory that has no merit in fact,” said Oklahoma City planning director Russell Claus.
Claus said he’s puzzled how the concept of sustainability somehow has been tagged with a negative connotation.
“What is not sensible about trying to sustain yourself, the world?” Claus asked. “That’s insanity to oppose that. What’s the opposite of sustainability? Devastation? Apocalypse?
“I just think they don’t have any understanding of government, and they’re extremely fearful of the way government operates.”
Only one House bill has been filed so far, an appropriations measure, but a spokesman for incoming House Speaker T.W. Shannon said he expects an influx of measures to be filed soon as the deadline nears. Spokesman Joe Griffin said Shannon also plans to keep in place an eight-bill filing limit for rank-and-file members.

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