STATEWIDE — Lawmakers are seeking a change in Maine’s constitution that is meant to protect the environment.
Monday morning, Sen. Chloe Maxmin, D-Nobleboro, presented legislation called the Pine Tree Bill to the Environment and Natural Resources Committee.
The bill would change language in Maine’s constitution to ensure all Mainers have the right to a healthy environment.
“It’s a tool to hold government accountable to make sure that no governor, no legislature, no law or permit could violate that right,” she said.
She said in layman’s terms, the bill is meant to add a layer of protection so no laws can be passed in the future that would or could compromise Maine’s nature.
She said currently there is no wording in the state constitution that does that.
“So essentially we have no protection in Maine, no right to a healthy environment, and that is quite freaky given the time that we’re living in and how much our economy is intertwined in our environment,” she said.
The bill that was presented virtually on Monday is the first draft. Maxmin added there will be revisions and editing done to the bill before it is ready to be voted on by the committee.