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Legislation #: 140065 Introduction Date: 1/23/2014
Type: Resolution Effective Date: none
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBER CIRCO AND COUNCILMEMBER SHARP
Title: Expressing the City of Kansas City, Missouri’s opposition to SB 618, HB 1647 and any other current or future bill containing substantially similar language and urging the members of the Kansas City legislative delegation to the Missouri General Assembly and the Missouri Municipal League to oppose its enactment.

Legislation History
DateMinutesDescription
1/21/2014 Filed by the Clerk's office
1/23/2014 Referred to Finance, Governance & Ethics Committee
1/29/2014 Immediate Adoption
1/30/2014 Councilmember Circo (Second by Brooks) Move to Amend
1/30/2014 Adopted as Amended

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RESOLUTION NO. 140065, AS AMENDED

 

Expressing the City of Kansas City, Missouri’s opposition to SB 618, HB 1647 and any other current or future bill containing substantially similar language and urging the members of the Kansas City legislative delegation to the Missouri General Assembly and the Missouri Municipal League to oppose its enactment.

 

WHEREAS, Agenda 21 was adopted by the United Nations at its 1992 Conference on Environment and Development and is a non-binding, broad action plan for sustainability that, to date, has not been ratified by the United States and does not constitute legal binding authority; and

 

WHEREAS, the language of both SB 618 and HB 1647 notes that the United Nations has accredited and enlisted numerous nongovernmental and intergovernmental organizations to assist in the implementation of its policies relative to Agenda 21 around the world and implies that such organizations would be subject to certain prohibitions; and

 

WHEREAS, the language of both SB 618 and HB 1647 purports to prohibit the State of Missouri and all political subdivisions from entering into any agreement with, expending any sum of money for, receiving funds from, contracting services from, or giving financial aid to those nongovernmental and intergovernmental organizations as defined in Agenda 21; and

 

WHEREAS, Agenda 21 fails to offer enumerated definitions of the terms nongovernmental organization, intergovernmental organization, accredited, or enlisted; and

 

WHEREAS, the language of both SB 618 and HB 1647 fails to clearly specify which nongovernmental and intergovernmental organizations are encompassed by its prohibitions; and

 

WHEREAS, pursuant to the non-binding text of Agenda 21, the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council would be involved in voluntary implementation of Agenda 21 and the list of non-governmental organizations who are in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council includes the Girl Scouts of the USA, the National Association of Home Builders of the US, the American Library Association, the International Association of Safety Professionals, the League of Women Voters of the U.S., the Make It Right Foundation, the Summit Foundation, the YWCA of the U.S., the American Heart Association, the NAACP, and the UMKC Women’s Council, as well as numerous other professional, civic, environmental, and charitable/philanthropic organizations; and

 

WHEREAS, the City of Kansas City, Missouri (the “City”) has a strong commitment to sustainability and the Mayor and City Council have stated a vision to employ innovative strategies to develop sustainable healthy communities where all prosper; and

 

WHEREAS, the City desires to pursue partnerships with various entities and organizations to promote social equity, economic vitality, and environmental quality, some of which may be prohibited should SB 618 or HB 1647 become law; and

 

WHEREAS, SB 618 and HB 1647 are unnecessary restraints of the City’s contracting or police powers related to serving the health, safety and welfare of its residents and will likely have unknown and perhaps unintended consequences that would undermine the ability of the City to implement ongoing and future measures to be a more sustainable community, all to the detriment of its taxpayers and citizens; NOW, THEREFORE,

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

That the Mayor and Council hereby express their opposition to SB 618, HB 1647 and any other current or future bill containing substantially similar language and urge the members of the Kansas City legislative delegation and the Missouri Municipal League to oppose any such bill for the reasons contained in this Resolution.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this Resolution be spread upon the Minutes of the Council in testimony thereof and that a copy hereof be provided by the City Clerk to all members of the Kansas City legislative delegation to the Missouri General Assembly and to the Missouri Municipal League.

 

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