The natural resources of the state, including air and water, and the healthful, scenic, historic, and aesthetic quality of the environment shall be protected, conserved, and replenished insofar as possible and consistent with the health, safety, and welfare of the people. The legislature shall enact laws to implement this policy. As its title indicates, section 1 is only a statement of policy; it is a nonbinding mandate to the legislature to protect the environment. Attempts to adopt a stronger provision first in the Committee on Natural Resources and the...
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