Senate Bill 5141 is on the Senate floor for a vote, but that vote is not yet scheduled. Please ask your senator to press Senate leadership to schedule the vote, and to vote YES.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency defines environmental justice as "...the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies."
The League of Women Voters values participation in democracy by all residents from voting rights to participation in the government decision-making process. Some marginalized communities have found themselves bearing an unjust burden on their health and life quality. It is past time for governments to ensure all voices are heard so all lives can flourish.
The legislation described in the summary of the substitute bill sets out clear and feasible expectations for implementing the policies documented by the environmental justice task force, and stipulates fact-based analysis, identification of affected demographics, intentional communication with these communities, and embedding these expectations in department strategic plans.
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