Press Release: Baltimore City Passes Resolution in Support of a Maryland Constitutional Right for Environmental Health & Justice

Councilmember Burnett ushered in the passage of the City Council Resolution earlier this week.  

(Baltimore, MD) – On Monday, February 10th, the Baltimore City Council passed a Resolution urging the General Assembly and Governor Larry Hogan to support the passage of a Maryland constitutional amendment for environmental health and justice. The Resolution, sponsored by Councilmember Kristerfer Burnett, was co-sponsored by twelve of the fifteen Baltimore City councilmembers.

The Resolution specifically asks that the General Assembly pass House Bill 517, which “would enable an amendment to the Maryland Constitution guaranteeing clean air, clean water, a stable climate, and a healthy and more equitable environment for all Marylanders to be placed on the ballot for referendum by Maryland voters.” House Bill 517 is sponsored by Delegate Vaughn Stewart from Montgomery County in the Maryland House of Delegates.

“We thank Councilmember Burnett for his strong leadership in passing and gaining support among his fellow councilmembers for this important Resolution,” said Betsy Nicholas, Executive Director of Waterkeepers Chesapeake. “We hope this is the first of many county resolutions in support of a statewide constitutional amendment for a healthy environment.”

The bill hearing for House Bill 517 is coming up on February 19th at 1pm in the House Environment & Transportation Committee.

More info at https://waterkeeperschesapeake.org/envirorightsamendmentmd/