A bill advanced Monday to put a constitutional amendment on the state ballot to give residents the right to clean air and water.
The Senate Environment and Energy Committee also advanced bills to jumpstart electric vehicle purchasing and infrastructure, and to ban import, storage and treatment of fracking waste.
Green Amendment concurrent resolutions ACR85 and SCR134 must pass both houses of the Legislature before going to voters on the 2019 ballot.
Senate sponsors are Linda Greenstein, D-Mercer, Middlesex, and Christopher “Kip” Bateman, R-Somerset. Their proposed amendment to the state constitution would prevent the state from infringing on the people’s right to a clean and healthy environment, and would make the state the trustee of all public natural resources.
“We are currently standing at the crossroads of an environmental crisis that warrants severe and immediate action,” said Greenstein. “Clean air and water is currently not guaranteed for future generations.”
If passed by both houses of the Legislature and voters, the amendment would become part of the constitution on March 1, 2020.
The resolution moves to the full Senate for further consideration.