Environmental Rights on the Ballot: What to Know About New York’s Proposed Constitutional Amendment


On November 2, New York State voters will decide whether to add the following sentence to the New York Constitution’s Bill of Rights:  “Environmental rights. Each person shall have a right to clean air and water, and a healthful environment.” This panel discusses the history of this amendment and its legal and policy implications. Panelists will compare the text with other states’ constitutions and discuss pending legislation that may complement the amendment. Join us for an hour to get ready to vote on November 2!

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Margaret Barry, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP 

Katrina Fischer Kuh, Haub Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law, Pace University Elisabeth Haub School of Law
Lauren Williams, Greenworks Law and Consulting LLC
Kate Kurera, Deputy Director, Environmental Advocates NY
Justine Massey, Policy Manager & Attorney, Community Water Center

Sponsoring Committee:
Environmental Law Committee, Margaret Barry & Bethany Davis Noll, Co-Chair

Co-Sponsoring Committee:
Energy, Elizabeth Stein & Justin Gundlach, Co-Chairs
Government Ethics and State Affairs , Edward L. Murray, Chair