SR 86 - Environmental Trust Fund - for protection, improvement (CA)

First Reader Summary

A resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution so as to authorize the General Assembly to provide by law for an environmental trust fund to receive, hold, and expend funds to protect and improve the environment; to provide that the General Assembly shall provide that certain fines and penalties shall be paid into such fund; to provide for the submission of this amendment for ratification or rejection.

Langford, Steve E (29th) Dean, Nathan (31st) Land, Clay (16th)
Status Summary HC: NatR SC: NATR LA: 02/26/98 H - Favorably Reported ( ) (Am )
Page Numbers - 1/ 2
Senate Action House
1/30/97 Read 1st time 1/27/98
1/14/98* Favorably Reported 2/26/98
Committee Amend/Sub Am
2/14/97 Read 2nd Time 1/28/98
1/12/98 Committed
1/12/98 Read 3rd Time
1/26/98 Passed/Adopted

SR 86  97                                          LC 21 4284 
 
      SENATE RESOLUTION 86 
 
      By:  Senators Langford of the 29th, Dean of the 31st and 
           Land of the 16th 
 
                             A RESOLUTION 
 
  1- 1  Proposing an amendment to the Constitution so as to 
  1- 2  authorize the General Assembly to provide by law for an 
  1- 3  environmental trust fund to receive, hold, and expend funds 
  1- 4  to protect and improve the environment; to provide that the 
  1- 5  General Assembly shall provide that certain fines and 
  1- 6  penalties shall be paid into such fund; to provide for 
  1- 7  submission of this amendment for ratification or rejection; 
  1- 8  and for other purposes. 
 
  1- 9       BE IT RESOLVED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: 
 
  1-10                           SECTION 1. 
 
  1-11  Article III, Section IX, Paragraph VI of the Constitution is 
  1-12  amended by inserting at the end thereof a new subparagraph 
  1-13  to read as follows: 
 
  1-14      "(k) The General Assembly is authorized to provide by 
  1-15    general law for an environmental trust fund for the 
  1-16    purpose of receiving, holding, and expending funds to 
  1-17    assure the correction, remediation, and reparation of any 
  1-18    damages caused by violations of environmental statutes, 
  1-19    regulations, standards, or rules. The General Assembly 
  1-20    shall provide that the proceeds from fines and penalties 
  1-21    assessed for such environmental violations be paid to such 
  1-22    fund, and such fund shall not be subject to the provisions 
  1-23    of Article III, Section IX, Paragraph IV(c), relative to 
  1-24    the lapsing of funds. The moneys paid into the trust fund 
  1-25    shall be expended on a pro rata basis to address damages 
  1-26    related to the subject of the chapter of the Official Code 
  1-27    of Georgia Annotated in which the statute violated 
  1-28    appears." 
 
  1-29                           SECTION 2. 
 
  1-30  The above proposed amendment to the Constitution shall be 
  1-31  published and submitted as provided in Article X, Section I, 
  1-32  Paragraph II of the Constitution. 
 
  1-33  The ballot submitting the above proposed amendment shall 
  1-34  have written or printed thereon the following: 
 
 
 
 
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  2- 1    "(  ) YES Shall the Constitution be amended so as to 
  2- 2              authorize the General Assembly to establish an 
  2- 3     (  ) NO  environmental trust fund and to direct that 
  2- 4              certain fines and penalties be paid into such 
  2- 5              fund?" 
 
  2- 6  All persons desiring to vote in favor of ratifying the 
  2- 7  proposed amendment shall vote "Yes."  All persons desiring 
  2- 8  to vote against ratifying the proposed amendment shall vote 
  2- 9  "No." 
 
  2-10  If such amendment shall be ratified as provided in said 
  2-11  Paragraph of the Constitution, it shall become a part of the 
  2-12  Constitution of this state. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Clerk of the House
Robert E. Rivers, Jr., Clerk
Last Updated on 04/20/98

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