Updates > Alert for 1/16/2014: Monarch Niederhauser
Violating Your Senate Statutators!
Violates Your Senate Statutators!
(Alert for 1/16/14):
previously exposed, Utah's statutators (i.e. house and senate
members who produce statutes that undermine law) are
controlled by two monarchs: senate president Wayne
Niederhauser and house speaker Rebecca Lockhart.
to a citizen
GRAMA request, Ogden
police chief Gary Williams clearly fingers Niederhauser's
"leadership" as the senate's center of power.
And the Niederhauser regime is poised to seize more
power this session.
Secretive Email Confirms Monarchy
On a first name basis, police chief Williams
secretly emailed Lincoln Shurtz,
Utah League of Cities and Towns,
a United Nations-like conglomerate that zealously pursues gun
control, regarding last year's
HB 76 (Carry "Unloaded" Firearms Concealed):
"Lincoln, we are concerned that HB76 seems to be moving along
on the Senate calendar unimpeded. We had understood that the
bill was going to be killed by Senate Leadership. Have things
For those who missed it, in the 2013 session, HB
76 was stalled and weakened due to pressure by Lockhart and
was then passed in its weakened form
by a veto-proof majority, was vetoed by Executive
Monarch Gary Herbert, and the house and senate then voted NOT
to override Herbert's veto.
For more information, see the previous alert, "Legislators Hid Behind Herbert's Veto of HB 76".
"Things," as Williams imagined them, had hardly
changed at all.
The senate and house monarchs, likely fearing political
backlash from irate gun owners, switched tactics and appear to
switched to secretive "back channels" to encourage Executive Monarch Herbert to veto HB
They then offered only token resistance to
override his veto.
Niederhauser even felt secure enough to
vote against a veto override.
Assaulting Your House & Senate Statutators
How can two people possibly exercise such control?
Among other unjustified powers, the house speaker and
senate president alone appoint and remove EVERY member of EVERY committee.
Lockhart and Niederhauser are empowered to do this
without any review or confirmation process.
Sources: "The general duties of the Speaker are to:... appoint
the members of committees…" (House
Rules 1-3-102. Duties of the speaker)
and "The general duties of the president are to:… appoint the
members of committees…" (SR1-3-102.
Duties of the president)
Consider the vast implications of this incredible power!
These committees control the entire ebb and flow of
every bill a statutator files.
As a result, bills live or die almost entirely upon the
calculated orders of these two monarchs.
The previous alert, "House Monarchess Publicly Affirms Her Brutal
cited how speaker Lockhart candidly
admitted her power to the press:
committee chairs..." [bold added]
Source: "Bill banning enforcement of federal gun laws 'stuck in limbo'," by Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News, Feb. 22, 2013.
If things were balanced in Utah's capitol, Lockhart would
have told the press something more along the lines of, "I
don't empower the house committee chairs.
They are able to act independently, without any
recourse from me."
Instead, Lockhart empowers the chairs of each house
committee because she appoints and fires them at her will alone, as does Niederhauser for every senate
Their powers are so extreme, no provision exists in the
house or senate rules to fire the monarchs before their
two-year terms are over.
They lord over each body, trading favors and selling
your rights; all while pretending that decisions are made by
the will of the majority instead of their monarchial
Deceptive Ploys to Further Dominate & Abuse
"I could learn a
thing or two from you monarchs!"
Niederhauser's lackey (putting it mildly),
John Valentine, who chairs Niederhauser's all powerful senate rules committee, is
Senate Resolution 1 (SR 1) for the upcoming 2014 session.
SR 1 would require senate standing committee approval
before any bill or resolution could be enacted by the senate
lines 24-30 of SR 1 (deleted language has strikethrough and new
proposed language is underlined and italicized):
(1) The Senate may not pass a bill, joint resolution, or
concurrent resolution during the annual general session [
that has not been reviewed by] unless:
(a) a Senate standing committee[
reviewed the legislation; and
(b) the Senate
Rules Committee; or]
(c) the Legislative
(b) the Senate standing committee has given a favorable
recommendation to the legislation.
The insidious effect of this initially apparent
benign change is to prevent the entire
senate body from overriding the will of its monarch.
Presently, a bill that has been tabled by one of the
monarch's committees may be brought to the senate floor
nonetheless with a two-thirds vote of senators present.
The change proposed by chief minion Valentine
effectively repeals that capability.
Cynically, SR 1 explicitly removes the Rules Committee
from authority, even though the Rules Committee is one of the listed standing committees
and would be unaffected by Valentine's rules amendment .
SR 1 is another farcical "procedural
expands Niederhauser's domination of the entire process, by de
facto eliminating one of the only mechanisms for senate
statutators to act independently.
SR 1 further reinforces that your statutators must know
their place, line up like good little serfs, and kiss the ring
of Niederhauser's hand-picked committee cronies if they ever
hope to pass a bill.
Note 1: Valentine might argue that he's
surrendering power because his rules committee is no longer
SR3-2-201, Valentine's senate rules committee is
already a standing committee and would see no reduction of its
existing power to brutally control the flow or demise of all
bills through the senate.
Note 2: SR 1 also continues to exempt
fundamentally important appropriations bills lorded over by Niederhauser's executive
appropriations committee (lines 35-43), which is where billions of dollars are shuffled around.
This is where the real power is exercised and the
lobbyist domination of government is made clear.
Note 3: Also, according to
SR1-1-101(2), Valentine's new rule could, at any time, be repealed or amended by a
by proposing such a motion a senate statutator would be effectively
challenging the entire political process and its associated
mechanisms of "discipline", making the benefits of such a
challenge unlikely to outweigh its risks.
Your house and senate statutators foolishly wish
you to believe they have power and represent you.
In fact, they merely occupy seats, are offered free
lunches, and receive an occasional pat on the head for
empowering these monarchs to exercise their grossly
disproportionate power to impose statutes that subvert your
natural rights. In
the upcoming "2013 Statutory Performance Report" covering last year's
session, UT Gun Rights will further expose this monarchial
Here are some ideas for you to consider in holding your
government accountable and in reducing the influence of Utah's
spider web-like network of corruption:
Senate Monarch Niederhauser and
House Monarchess Lockhart to abandon their gun control agenda and relinquish their
authoritarian powers over your house and senate statutators. Let them know that you
comprehend their games and manipulation.
2) Invite your house and senate statutators to
these monarchs. Encourage them to introduce and approve the
necessary changes to the house and senate rules that depose
the present statutory monarchy. To find your statutators'
3) Network with local gun owners. Let people know what is
happening. Get them connected with sites like UT Gun
Rights so they can receive critical information and form their
own, independent opinions. Sign up for free email alerts
and updates at firstname.lastname@example.org and "Like" UT Gun Rights on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/UtGunRights
Encourage others to read, analyze, question, confront,
challenge, and understand what is going on around them. A
highly informed citizen community is required to resist
manipulation, deception, and fraud. Here are two pages
they should familiarize themselves with: 2013 Bill Tracking Page: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, and the Free Ammo Page.
4) Organize into smaller working
groups for your area. Each of your local politicians should receive
political direction from a group of local, determined,
solidly-educated gun rights activists. This group can
consider political action such as establishing local
email/phone political action networks, literature
distribution, holding town meetings, recruiting alternative
candidates, election monitoring and participation, and filing GRAMA requests.
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