SR 1: Crushing
Resistance in Monarch Niederhauser’s Senate
senate district 14, "Republican".
This farcical “procedural reform” expands Niederhauser's
domination of the entire process, by de facto eliminating one
of the only mechanisms for senate statutators to act
Status: This bill unanimoulsy passed Monarch Niederhauser's
hand-picked senate rules committee (8-0-0),
and unanimously passed its final senate floor vote (26-0-3). UT Gun Rights
opposes this resolution. See its
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Last updated: 1/29/14
at 5:00 PM.
The Devilish Details
Niederhauser's lackey (putting it mildly),
John Valentine, who chairs Niederhauser's all powerful
senate rules committee, wants to require senate standing
committee approval before any bill or resolution could be
enacted by the senate body.
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
reform". It 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.
might argue that he's surrendering power because his rules
committee is no longer listed. But, according to
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 majority. However, 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
2013 Utah Government Corruption Report
covering last year's session, wherein this monarchial tyranny
was further exposed.
Appropriate Action: Contact
The Two People Who Own the Statutarium ("legislature")
2013 Utah Government Corruption Report amply demonstrates,
two monarchs abuse and dominate the house and senate and work
together to destroy your rights:
house speaker Rebecca Lockhart and
senate president Wayne Niederhauser. Contrary to what you
learned in civics class, your house and senate statutators
merely serve their gun control agenda.
How can two people possibly exercise
such control? As one example, 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
Duties of the president)
Consider the vast implications of this
incredible power! No bill may be voted on in the house or
senate without going through a committee. As a result, bills
live or die almost entirely upon the calculated orders of
these two monarchs.
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, trade favors, and sell your rights; all while
pretending that decisions are made by the will of the majority
instead of their monarchial authority.
The political buck stops with Lockhart
and Niederhauser for failing to advance positive gun owner
bills, and for every gun control bill enacted. Until more
statutators are motivated to oppose the iron fists of the
monarchs’ near absolute power, your rights will continue to be
Because your house and senate statutators
merely serve their will and agenda, contacting them is often
just a courtesy call. Only two people hold the power
over Utah's statutarium ("legislature"):
For House Monarchess Rebecca Lockhart's contact
information (and the rest of the house statutators),
click here. For Senate Monarch Wayne
Niederhauser's contact information
(and the rest of the senate statutators),
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