• Generations Yet to Come
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    Generations Yet to Come

    ♪>>>THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA WAS AMONG THE FIRST GOVERNMENTS IN THE WORLD TO SAY EVERYONE HAS A CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT.>>FOR A HUNDRED YEARS AFTER THE CIVIL WAR, THE STATE GOVERNMENT OF PENNSYLVANIA WAS PRETTY MUCH CONTROLLED BY THE RAILROAD INDUSTRY, THE STEEL INDUSTRY AND THE COAL INDUSTRY. THEY WERE A ACCOMPLICES TO THIS. ALL THIS EXPLOITATION.>>THE ENVIRONMENTAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT WAS ADDED TO THE STATE CONSTITUTION IN 1971 AS ARTICLE ONE, SECTION 27.>>THE PEOPLE HAVE A RIGHT TO CLEAN AIR, PURE WATER AND TO THE PRESERVATION OF THE NATURAL, SCENIC, HISTORIC AND AESTHETIC VALUES OF THE ENVIRONMENT. PENNSYLVANIA’S NATURAL RESOURCES ARE THE COMMON PROPERTY OF ALL THE PEOPLE,…

  • Environmental Legislation in 2019 | Our Land
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    Environmental Legislation in 2019 | Our Land

    >>EVERY LEGISLATIVE SESSION IS PIVOTAL BUT THIS YEAR’S 60-DAY SESSION FEELS EVEN MORE MONUMENTAL. THERE IS NEW LEADERSHIP IN THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE. THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY HAS CONTROL OF NOT ONLY THE GOVERNORSHIP BUT ALSO BOLSTERED ITS COMMAND OF BOTH THE HOUSE AND SENATE. AND, THERE IS ROUGHLY A 1.2 BILLION-DOLLAR BUDGET SURPLUS TO DOLE OUT. DOES THAT LEAVE OXYGEN IN THE ROOM FOR LAWMAKERS TO DEAL WITH ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES THIS YEAR.>>LAURA PASKUS WENT SEARCHING FOR ANSWERS. IN THIS MONTH’S OUR LAND SEGMENT, SHE SITS DOWN WITH TWO KEY LAWMAKERS TO FIND OUT.>>SENATOR PETER WIRTH, REPRESENTATIVE GAIL ARMSTRONG, THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE TODAY. SO, WITH THE 2019 LEGISLATIVE SESSION ABOUT…