SCR-163 passes Senate Environment and Energy Committee

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The Senate Environment and Energy Committee released SCR-163 this morning, a resolution that would amend the state’s constitution in order to dedicate all money received through environmental contamination settlements — such as the state’s recent settlement with Exxon Mobil — for certain environmental purposes.

Sponsored by state Senator Bob Smith (D-19), the bill was introduced but held during the committee’s last meeting, amid concerns from members of the environmental community. Lawmakers removed a provision that would obligate settlement money to be put toward bond repayment, as well as added one that dedicated five percent of the money to administrative costs, and passed the bill today 4-1.

The bill also comes on the heels of recent protest surrounding the state’s $225 million settlement with Exxon Mobil, which is expected to be approved by a judge this month following a 60-day public comment period.

SCR-163 passes Senate Environment and Energy Committee