CRC - 2017 P 23 By Commissioner Thurlow-Lippisch thurlowlj-00038-17 201723__ 1 A proposal to amend 2 Section 7 of Article II of the State Constitution to 3 establish that every person has a right to a clean and 4 healthful environment. 5 6 Be It Proposed by the Constitution Revision Commission of 7 Florida: 8 9 Section 7 of Article II of the State Constitution is 10 amended to read: 11 ARTICLE II 12 GENERAL PROVISIONS 13 SECTION 7. Natural resources and scenic beauty.— 14 (a) It shall be the policy of the state to conserve and 15 protect its natural resources and scenic beauty. Adequate 16 provision shall be made by law for the abatement of air and 17 water pollution and of excessive and unnecessary noise and for 18 the conservation and protection of natural resources. 19 (b) Those in the Everglades Agricultural Area who cause 20 water pollution within the Everglades Protection Area or the 21 Everglades Agricultural Area shall be primarily responsible for 22 paying the costs of the abatement of that pollution. For the 23 purposes of this subsection, the terms “Everglades Protection 24 Area” and “Everglades Agricultural Area” shall have the meanings 25 as defined in statutes in effect on January 1, 1996. 26 (c) The natural resources of the state are the legacy of 27 present and future generations. Every person has a right to a 28 clean and healthful environment, including clean air and water; 29 control of pollution; and the conservation and restoration of 30 the natural, scenic, historic, and aesthetic values of the 31 environment as provided by law. Any person may enforce this 32 right against any party, public or private, subject to 33 reasonable limitations, as provided by law.