Colorado Resolution Against FCC Preemption (Carney)
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Date: Fri, 28 Apr 2000 21:49:48 -0500 (CDT)
From: "Roy L. Beavers" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: emfguru <email@example.com>
Subject: Colorado Resolution Against FCC Preemption (Carney)..
.......The folks at LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN are simply doing a TREMENDOUS job of fighting for their rights, their lives, and their property....
The following document has to be one of the land-mark achievements in this EMF saga ... so far......
I will also be adding it to the website.... In the "Law/Legal" file....
Roy Beavers (EMFguru)
It is better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness
People are more important than profits!!
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Date: Fri, 28 Apr 2000 20:26:23 -0600
From: Deb Carney <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Here is the actual Colorado Resolution Against FCC Preemption
This is Senate Joint Resolution 00-031 adopted on April 27, 2000. There are many to thank for making this possible including every Representative and Senator who voted for this resolution and those who worked diligently behind the scene. We especially wish to thank our Representative John Witwer,M.D. and our Senator Byran Sullivant. I watched them working very hard at our State Legislature to make sure that this resolution passed. Thank you for standing up for our Constitutional rights.
April 27, 2000
Second Regular Session
Sixty-second General Assembly
LLS NO. R00-1142.01 Kate Rooney
STATE OF COLORADO
BY SENATORS Sullivant, Congrove, Evans, and Teck;
also REPRESENTATIVE Witwer.
SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION 00-031
CONCERNING URGING THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION TO
REJECT LAKE CEDAR GROUPíS PETITION TO PREEMPT LOCAL
GOVERNMENT LAND USE DECISION-MAKING AUTHORITY.
WHEREAS, According to its comprehensive plan and its duly adopted zoning regulations, the Board of County Commissioners of Jeffers on County, Colorado denied an application by Lake Cedar Group, LLC, to rezone land on Lookout Mountain from residential and agricultural zoning to planned development zoning in order to allow construction of an 854-foot telecommunications supertower and a 26,000 square foot support building; and
WHEREAS, Such decision was a quasi-adjudicative decision based on factual evidence presented to the Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners and application of applicable legal standards and as such can be appealed judicially to Jefferson County District Court, which court is fully empowered to grant full and appropriate relief to the appellant if appropriate under the facts of the case; and
WHEREAS, Lake Cedar Group filed an appeal of Jefferson County's decision in Jefferson County District Court, which appeal is now pending the filing of briefs by the parties; and
WHEREAS, Despite the pending judicial appeal, and after Jefferson County spent several months preparing the voluminous record of proceedings for the Jefferson County District Court action, Lake Cedar Group, without notifying the Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners or any other interested party, filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requesting the FCC to "preempt" Jefferson Countyís decision and to declare Jefferson County's decision "prohibited and unenforceable"; and
WHEREAS, By Public Notice dated April 10, 2000, the FCC seeks public comment on Lake Cedar Groupís petition; and
WHEREAS, In the United States, control over individual land use decisions is firmly vested in local governments, through statutory delegation from state governments; and
WHEREAS, The FCC is barred by the 10 th Amendment to the United States Constitution from attempting to preempt decisions made by local governments on individual land use applications because the United States Congress has not directed or authorized the FCC to preempt such local decisions; and
WHEREAS, The FCC lacks not only the authority, but also the expertise and any adopted standards to second-guess and invalidate local government land use decisions; and
WHEREAS, Any attempt by the FCC to preempt local government land use decision-making in this manner would represent an illegal, unauthorized, and unjustified attack on state- and local- government land use authority; now, therefore,
Be It Resolved by the Senate of the Sixty-second General Assembly of the State of Colorado, the House of Representatives concurring herein:
That the General Assembly of the State of Colorado hereby encourages the FCC not to preempt local government land use decision-making and state judicial processes, thus overriding local and state government authority.
Be It Further Resolved, That copies of this Joint Resolution be sent to the President of the United States Senate; the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives; each member of Colorado's Congressional delegation; each member of the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Telecommunications, Trade and Consumer Protection of the Committee on Commerce; the Governor of Colorado; and the Commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission.
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If you click on the box entitled "bill" you will be able to read the exact text of the Colorado House and Senates Resolution to the FCC urging them not to Preempt Jefferson County's zoning decision.