SB 1403

Senate Bill (SB) 1403: United Nations Rio declaration; prohibition

Sponsor: Senator Burges

Overview: SB 1403 prohibits the implementation of the UN Rio Declaration in Arizona.

League Position: OPPOSE - The League opposes the legislation, based on its ambiguous language, potential for unintended negative consequences and prospective impacts on municipal initiatives.

Summary: The purpose of the bill is to prohibit the state and its political subdivisions from adopting or implementing "the creed, doctrine, principles or any tenet" of the 1992 United Nations Rio Declaration on Environment and Development. The bill also specifically identifies a number of organizations with which Arizona political entities are prohibited from affiliating.


02/18/13: The Government and Environment Committee passed the bill on a 4-3 vote. The bill now moves onto the Rules Committee.

02/28/13: Retained on COW Calendar.

03/13/13: Retained on COW Calendar.

03/20/13: Passed out the Senate Committee of the Whole with a Burges floor amendment.

03/21/13: Passed Senate 3rd Read with a vote of 16 ayes, 13 nays, and 1 not voting.