What is a Green Amendment?
Green Amendments are self executing provisions added to the bill of rights section of a constitution that recognize and protect the rights of all people. regardless of race, ethnicity, religion or income, including future generations, to pure water, clean air, a stable climate, and healthy environments.
We Did It!!!! New York is the 3rd state with a Green Amendment!
November 2, 2021, the people of New York have made the monumental decision to add the right to Clean Air, Clean Water, and a Healthful Environment to New York State’s Bill of Rights. This officially makes New York the third state in the nation, and the first in the 21st century, to add a Green Amendment to their State’s constitutional Bill of Rights.
With a vote of 68.9%, New Yorkers voted overwhelmingly in support of having Bill of Rights protection for the environmental rights of all New Yorkers. Only 31.3% voted no. (Final actual vote count was 1,904,636 voted yes; 859,723 voted no)
Art. I Section 19 of the New York Constitution will read:
Each person shall have a right to clean air and water, and a healthful environment.
New York's History:
In 2017, Assemblyman Steve Englebright first proposed bill A6279, New York’s Environmental Rights Amendment. A parallel provision was proposed in the NY Senate by Senator David Carlucci. While the bill was solidly supported in the Assembly the Senate fell short. But two years later, in 2019, the bill was repurposed and began to advance.
On April 9, 2019, Green Amendments For the Generations, key New York lawmakers, and a coalition of groups announced plans to push for approval of the Environmental Rights Bill by the New York legislature. Watch the press conference here.
As of April 30, 2019 the New York legislators, in both the state Assembly and Senate, voted for first passage of a proposed amendment to the NY State Constitution (A2064/S2072) that would recognize and protect the inalienable right to clean water, clean air and a healthful environment. The vote count was overwhelmingly in support of passage with senators voting for passage 45 to 17 and the Assembly members voting 110-34. 90 organizations have signed on to a letter in support of the first passage.
As of February 9, 2021 both the New York State Senate and Assembly voted to add environmental rights (A1368/S528) to the state constitution. The NYS Senate voted 48-14 for second passage and the NYS Assembly voted 124-25 for second passage. The bill will was placed on the New York state ballot for the people to vote on November 2, 2021.
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