103 Pages Posted: 1 Nov 2015
Date Written: October 30, 2015
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision in Robinson Township v. Commonwealth, 803 A.3d 901 (Dec. 19, 2013) has prompted enormous interest in the history and text of Article I, Section 27 of the Pennsylvania Constitution. This legislative history is a response to that interest.
Amendments to the state constitution must be approved by each house of the General Assembly in two successive legislative sessions, and then approved by a majority of voters in a public referendum. Article I, Section 27 was agreed to in the 1969-1970 and 1971-72 sessions of the General Assembly, and approved by the state’s voters on May 18, 1971. We have attempted to put in one place all of the bills and other documents that represent its passage through this process. More than 40 years after its adoption, many of these documents are relatively hard to find. We hope that this legislative history will make it easier for the public, the bar, and others to see what was done, and why.
A companion legislative history, showing the original source documents, is available at http://ssrn.com/abstract=2474660.
Keywords: Article I, Section 27; state constitutional law; public trust doctrine; environmental law; property rights; constitutional law; state constitutional law; Pennsylvania; sustainable development; environmental rights; constitutional environmental law; Pennsylvania Supreme Court; Robinson Township
JEL Classification: K32, K11, K19, K39, Q01
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Dernbach, John C. and Sonnenberg, Ed J., A Legislative History of Article 1, Section 27 of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (October 30, 2015). Widener Law Journal, Vol. 24, No. 2, 2015; Widener Law Commonwealth Research Paper No. 15-22. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2684030