My Testimony Against SB 217 (and hence in favor of ICLEI)

additional commentary by Rep. Timothy Horrigan; October 8, 2012

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This video shows me dropping in on a meeting of the State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs Committee on May 10, 2012 to speak against a non-germane amendment to SB 217 "relative to management of Cannon Mountain by the department of resources and economic development."  This started out as a simple little Senate bill which made a few rather sensible changes to the management of Franconia Notch State Park and Mount Sunapee State Park.  For whatever reason, Speaker Bill O'Brien felt the need to ram through a nongermane amendment banning ICLEI (the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives) from the state.  ICLEI is apparently part of the UN's (supposedly) sinister "Agenda 21."  The paranoia over ICLEI and Agenda 21 is obstructing some good local initiatives (e.g, the city of Rochester's rezoning plan.)

The May 10 hearing was called rather abruptly and O'Brien packed the State-Federal Committee with the most reactionary group of "ringers" (substitute committee members) he could find.  I wandered into the hearing room figuring I could sit down for 2 or 3 minutes to give the liberal pro-UN and pro-sustainability view.  I assumed I would be politely ignored: instead I was subjected to some hostile and almost unanswerable questions.  I held my own, although I look like a dweeb during some of the video as I try to politely answer some truly dumbfounding— and off-mike— questions. such as why am I against private property?  (I am definitely not against private property.)

The story has a semi-happy ending: the Senate took one look at the House Amendment (which passed with no Democratic support at all, aside from one ultraconservative maverick) and they didn't even bother trying to have a conference committee.  The whole bill died.

Rep. Timothy Horrigan attempts to testify on SB 217
a dumbfounded Rep. Timothy Horrigan attempts to testify on SB 217

My testimony is 12 minutes out of a session which ran for more than 90 minutes. Here is the full video in 4 parts:

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