1998 Regular Session
By: Representatives Peranich, Evans
House Concurrent Resolution 57
A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION MEMORIALIZING CONGRESS TO ADOPT A RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR AN AMENDMENT TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION WHICH WOULD PROVIDE THAT THE RIGHT OF EACH PERSON TO CLEAN AND HEALTHFUL AIR AND WATER, AND TO THE PROTECTION OF THE OTHER NATURAL RESOURCES OF THE NATION, SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED UPON BY ANY PERSON.
WHEREAS, the people of the Nation are increasingly besieged by attacks on their personal security, their health and the health of their families, and their right to enjoy the air, water and natural resources of the Nation; and the continuing and growing threat to the public health and the Nation's natural resources is the challenge to our generation of the kind other generations faced and overcame; and
WHEREAS, we are the custodians of the health of our children and of future generations, whose ability to breathe clean air, drink healthful water, avoid poisons, and share in the spiritual regeneration that comes from wilderness and nature is in danger; and we are obliged to protect each citizen from these threats as surely as were previous generations obliged to enhance freedom, justice and prosperity; and
WHEREAS, a constitutional remedy is necessary to accomplish this goal; and
WHEREAS, Article V of the Constitution of the United States provides for the proposal of amendments to the Constitution of the United States by two-thirds concurrence of the members of both Houses of Congress:
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI, THE SENATE CONCURRING THEREIN, That we do hereby memorialize the Congress of the United States to submit to the several states the following amendment to the Constitution of the United States:
"The natural resources of the nation are the heritage of present and future generations. The right of each person to clean and healthful air and water, and to the protection of the other natural resources of the nation, shall not be infringed upon by any person."
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That copies of this resolution be furnished to the presiding officers of the Senate and the House of Representatives of Congress and the members of the Mississippi Congressional Delegation.