Naabik’iyati Committee having very heated debate on Delegate Edmund Yazzie’s Legislation 0091-14 to nullify Resources and Development Committee legislation that created RDC Subcommittee to draft agreement with URI for in-situ uranium mining demonstration project near Church Rock, NM.
DEEGATE WALTER PHELPS
There are time when I have to say I’m sorry to my wife, no matter how much it hurts and that is what needs to happen now. 0091-14 needs to go back to RDC.
DELEGATE LORENZO CURLEY
We dealt with this and how long before become ludicrous. it’s become a mockery. Naabi voted to hear Legislation 0091-14 when it voted down Speaker Pro Temp Bates challenge for 0091-14 to go to RDC, then Naabi, then Council.
SPEAKER PRO TEMP BATES
Motion by Delegate Phelps is proper.
DELEGATE JONATHAN NEZ
We are not saying Yes to uranium, we are just protecting legislative process. and one of things that we all need to respect. and to work things out, delegate simpson accepts tabling of legislation. so refer to RDC and ask that it be entertained July 1 and if they don’t put on agenda then you can characterize legislation as RDC ignoring it and it returns to Naabi.
DELEGATE EDMUND YAZZIE
I represent Church Rock, Pinedale and other communities that will be impacted. Even though motion to return to RDC, Apachito has been trying to get his legislation before RDC but he gets bullied.
VOTE ON REFERRING BACK TO RDC WITH UNDERSTANDING THAT RDC ENTERTAIN AND IF NOT ON AGENDA THEN DELEGATE YAZZIE ENTERTAIN PROCESS TO RETURN TO NAABI
RDC has had this thing and there is debate in public that RDC has failed to take action on it. RDC has refused to address situation so why think that address so ask for directive that it address and if they want to sit on fence then they can do that.
DELEGATE LEONARD TSOSIE
WE are addressing it. we had meeting with Church Rock, Red Pond people. i sent memo to all of you to come to Subcommittee meetings and we will address at RDC. We will.
This legislation is stating that RDC legislation should have gone to full council. during the RDC meeting, i pleaded with Delegate Tsosie to properly take RDC legislation to Naabi and Council. But he said no. that’s the point. RDC December 2013 legislation was to go to Naabi and Council. I tried talking with Tsosie. Apachito tried. But whole point is not saying no. i’m saying let naabi and Council deal with RDC legislation creating Subcommittee. So i recommend to table Delegate Yazzie’s and if RDC fails to act on Apachito’s legislation on July 1, then 0091-14 returns to Naabi.
all we are trying to do is follow process. i’m just saying is follow process and we are actually expediting legislation.
REFER BACK TO RDC
5 in favor, 7 opposed