WASHINGTON Rep. Dean introduced a resolution to recognize the 50th anniversary of the ratification of Pennsylvania’s Environmental Rights Amendment. Cosponsors include Reps. Evans, Houlahan, Scanlon.

Representative Franklin L. Kury worked tirelessly to pass the amendment through the Pennsylvania General Assembly and advance it on the  primary ballot to provide Pennsylvania’s environment with permanent protection in the Commonwealth’s constitution.

"I am honored by Rep. Dean’s resolution and appreciative of her continuing support  for Art. l Sec. 27," Representative Kury said.

Article 1 Section 27 of Pennsylvania’s Constitution guarantees the people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment. 

“Since I’ve entered public service, I’ve often quoted this beautiful amendment, Article 1 Section 27 of the Pennsylvania constitution, as a reminder to us all to preserve our natural resources for our children, grandchildren, and generations to come," Rep. Dean said. “Introducing this resolution on the house floor will further the obligation to advocate for environmental rights and work to protect it at all costs for the benefit of us all.”

The resolution acknowledges Representative Kury for his leadership and support of the amendment and:

  • Recognizes the 50th anniversary of the ratification of the Environmental Rights Amendment in Pennsylvania.

  • Recognizes the broad support the amendment had among Pennsylvania citizens and government.

  • Acknowledges this amendment is crucial to the protection of Pennsylvania’s environment and natural resources.

  • Supports the values espoused by the amendment, including the notion of the right to clean air and pure water, and the Commonwealth’s  responsibility in preserving the environment for future generations

  • Recognizes the conservation of the environment is key to the future success of the United States.

Rep. Madeleine Dean is a mother, grandmother, attorney, professor, former four-term member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, and U.S. Representative for the Fourth District of Pennsylvania.