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Glenn County Supervisors join State of Jefferson movement

By Kelli Saam
Published On: Jan 21 2014 03:09:03 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 21 2014 03:16:08 PM CST
WILLOWS, Calif. -

Glenn County has joined the State of Jefferson movement.  Tuesday, the Glenn County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution to withdraw from the State of California.  It passed by a vote of 5-0.   

The resolution said the concerns of Glenn County are not being addressed in Sacramento.

It cites several issues of concern with state government, including what is described as the illegal fire tax, and the excesses of the California EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) with CARB (California Air Resources Board) regulations more suited for urban standards.

It also mentioned the state's assault upon Second Amendment rights.

Supervisor Steve Soeth is leading the State of Jefferson movement in Glenn County.   He said the State of Jefferson movement needs about 10 or 15 counties to approve similar resolutions before it can move forward.  

Soeth explained there are many hurdles to clear before the State of Jefferson becomes a reality.  He said with Tuesday's vote, Glenn County Supervisors took the first step, sending a message that the State of California is too big to govern, and the voices of rural Northern California are not being heard in state government.

Glenn County is the third California county to approve a resolution to join the State of Jefferson movement, joining Siskiyou and Modoc Counties.  Tehama County supervisors voted to place the issue on the June ballot, trying to gauge public sentiment.

To move forward, legislation would have to be drafted and approved in the California State Assembly and State Senate.

Portions of the Glenn County resolution reads as follows:  

"Whereas, there are times in our history when it is apparent that the political separation of one people from another has become necessary, both for the survival of the one, as well as the continued wellbeing of the other; and

Whereas, the Glenn County Board of Supervisors recognizes the lack of representation for rural and frontier counties in the California legislature,  

Be it further declared the Glenn County Board of Supervisors requests that the California Legislature redress the above grievances and or approve the withdrawal from the State of California...to be incorporated in a new state...along with the lands of other Counties which declare similar intentions."