Elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for three terms (1966-1972), Kury was a leader in the enactment of fundamental environmental laws. He was the author and lead advocate for the 1971 amendment to the state constitution that declares the people’s right to a clean environment and requires government to steward parks and other public lands in trust for the people. His finely crafted work, largely ignored by the courts for decades, is now fundamentally reshaping Pennsylvania law as the Pennsylvania Supreme Court affirms the intent and prudence of the Environmental Rights Amendment.
Pennsylvania's Environmental Rights Amendment
Franklin Kury, author of the Article 1, Section 27 of the Pennsylvania Constitution, describes the genesis of the Environmental Rights Amendment and its important role in protecting Pennsylvania's ...