State Lawmakers Introduce Legislation to Protect Environment From Federal Rollbacks
Lawmakers introduced environmental protection legislation Friday in light of President Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement.
Sen. Daniel Biss, D-Evanston, along with representatives of the Sierra Club and other lawmakers, introduced legislation to block weakened environmental and worker protection standards in Illinois.
Biss, the sponsor of one of the bills, said his legislation would maintain existing environmental and worker safeguards in the state, even if they're weakened at the federal level.
"Our constitutional article 11 guarantees everyone the right to a healthy environment and in so doing, charge each of us with the responsibilities of doing what we can to protect it,” Biss said. “As state legislators, we have a responsibility to ensure Illinois environmental standards keep improving."
Thursday, top lawmakers sent a letter to Gov. Bruce Rauner outlining the benefits of joining the U.S. Climate Alliance.
Several governors across the country have joined the alliance, pledging support to fight climate change under the Paris Agreement.