“The Clean Water Restoration Act is a ‘nice-sounding’ name which masks an economically and culturally devastating power grab. It flagrantly violates both the spirit and the words of the U.S. Constitution.”
-Jim Chilton, 5th Generation Arizona Rancher
Testimony to Congress – July 22, 2009
Your private property rights remain under attack, and the ORANGE Coalition is leading the way in fighting back!
Legislation has been introduced to protect your private property rights and will be heard in Senate Committee Hearings on Monday, February 15th. Show your support by attending the Hearings and pre-Hearing press conference on Monday, and by emailing your Legislators!
This legislation includes:
- SB 1363 on forcing government transparency in eminent domain cases. The bill would mandate a public hearing and public vote before condemnation occurs. The bill includes a third-party risk assessment that includes replacement costs for property owners, expands the notice requirement of condemnation from 20 to 60 days and possible language for a mediation process that may eliminate going to trial. The bill will be heard in Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, Feb. 15 at 1:30 pm.
- SB 1366 ensures that relocation assistance is available to property owners impacted by eminent domain. It includes language that allows for more assurances that the property owner will not be damaged or burdened by the use of eminent domain and sets up a new standard for ‘just compensation,’ which uses a risk assessing process to prepare estimates of risks that may occur to any displaced person. This bill will be heard in Senate Hearing Room 1 in the Judiciary Committee on Monday, Feb. 15 at 1:30 pm.
- SCR 1046, a statewide constitutional referendum (SCR) to protect our waterways! This referendum is in response to the Clean Water Restoration Act currently in Congress that would drastically expand the federal government’s control over our waterways. The SCR, if approved by voters in the 2010 election, declares that all Arizona intrastate waterways that are non-navigable and within the borders of the state are regulated only by the state of Arizona, not any foreign or federal government. This includes waterways like wells, streams, pools, ponds, etc. The SCR will be heard in Senate Hearing Room 109 in the Natural Resources, Infrastructure, and Public Debt Committee on Monday, February 15 at 1:30 pm.
WHAT YOU CAN DO!!!
Join legislators and the ORANGE Coalition for a press conference at 12:30 pm, Monday the 15th at the Arizona State Capitol in the Rose Garden (just west of the House of Representatives Building). If you can attend to show support, let us know.
Attend the legislative hearings right after the press conference. Your presence there will help in the passage of the bills. Testimony is encouraged. State legislators need to hear from citizens of the state, not just government entities that oppose our efforts.
Contact your legislators this weekend to let them know you support these bills!