The Democratic-controlled state Legislature on Tuesday approved a package of measures meant to strengthen laws against potentially dangerous chemicals in toys and other consumer products, as well as the first passage a constitutional amendment guaranteeing environmental safeguards.

“The new Senate Democratic Majority understands the dangers of toxic chemicals in our kids’ toys, and that’s why we’re combatting that practice. This should not have taken many years, and a leadership change, to pass,” Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said.

“State government must take a leadership role in the fight against climate change, and we have a responsibility to future generations to take action today. The legislation passed by the Senate Majority will help guarantee that all New Yorkers have a Constitutional right to clean air and water. The Senate Democratic Majority will continue to be a leader in the fight against climate change and we will pass more legislation to protect our environment and New Yorkers’ health.”

The bills include new regulations for chemicals in children’s products and toys, banning certain pesticides, promoting solar energy, regulations for lead in jewelry and water standards.

The constitutional amendment, long sought by some environmental groups, would guarantee the right to clean air and water in the state.

“The legislation we pass today is a critical step in safeguarding our environment, economy and the health of all New Yorkers,” Speaker Carl Heastie said. “While Washington continues to roll back protections for the environment and public health, the Assembly Majority will continue fighting to preserve our environment for generations of New Yorkers to come.”

The amendment has raised concerns from groups who are supportive of tort reform.

“While we strongly support a healthy environment, the proposed amendment will lead to a flood of lawsuits, not cleaner air or water,” said Tom Stebbins, the executive director of the Lawsuit Reform Alliance. “Similar legislation has been rejected in other states due to the burden increased litigation will place on municipalities and government entities. Moreover, costly lawsuits filed against environmental permit holders will delay critical infrastructure projects including clean energy and climate resilience projects. There are ways to provide a clean environment to New Yorkers. This is not one of them.”