In November 2017, voters passed Public Question No. 2 by two-to-one margins. The measure provides permanent relief to communities harmed by industrial pollution by preventing Trenton lawmakers from raiding money earmarked for environmental restoration.
The question, Constitutional Amendment Dedicating Moneys From State Environmental Contamination Cases, read as follows:
"Do you approve amending the Constitution to dedicate all moneys collected by the State relating to natural resource damages in cases of contamination of the environment? The moneys would have to be used to repair, restore, replace, or preserve the State’s natural resources. The moneys may also be used to pay legal or other costs incurred by the State in pursuing its claims."