Bill Memos 2017

Every week during the New York State Legislative Session, Environmental Advocates of New York reviews all of the bills introduced in legislative committees or on the floor of the State Senate and the Assembly. We then issue a memo that summarizes the legislation and describes our position on measures with significant environmental impact.

The purpose of Environmental Advocates' multi-tiered rating system is to weight bills according to their potential impacts - either beneficial or detrimental - on New York's environment. The "Trees and Smokestacks" rating system (at bottom) is designed to place appropriate emphasis on each bill. At the end of each session these weighted votes will be totaled to arrive at a final score for each legislator.

Please contact Nicholas Moore at or (518) 462-5526 ext. 230 with inquiries. 

Super Bills

Every year, a few bills are identified as environmental priorities, or "Super Bills." The Super Bills are all three-tree bills and are included as part of lawmakers’ scores in our sister organization's (EPL/Environmental Advocates) Environmental Scorecard, even if the legislation does not reach the floor of the Senate or Assembly for a vote.

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Memo Note Summary & Evaluation Rating Status Assembly Bill Senate Bill
69 Redefined Development Rights Substantial Detriment Passed Senate, In Assembly Committee A.7703-A (Thiele, et al.) S.6039-A (LaValle)
68 Biomass RGGI Evasion Detriment In Senate Committee No Same As S.6709 (Ritchie)
67 Bag It II Major Detriment Passed Senate No Same As S.6717 (Committee on Rules)
66 Clean Water Bond Act Major Benefit Passed Senate, In Assembly Committee A.5467-A (Englebright, et al.) S.3772-B (Hannon, et al.)
65 Energy Star State Grants Beneficial Passed Senate A.2012 (Hevesi, et al.) S.54 (Hoylman, et al.)
64 Renewable Energy Job Killer Major Detriment Passed Senate No Same As S.6651-A (Flanagan, et al.)
63 Expanding the Central Pine Barrens Substantial Benefit Passed Senate, Passed Assembly A.7722-B (Englebright, et al.) S.6157-B (LaValle)
62 Banning Fracking Waste Major Benefit In Senate Committee A.302-A (Buchwald, et al.) S.98-A (Hoylman, et al.)
61 Enhancing Access to Zero-Emission Vehicles Substantial Benefit In Senate Committee, In Assembly Committee A.8248 (Morelle, et al.) S.6600 (Amedore, et al.)
60 Raiding RGGI for Nukes Major Detriment In Senate Committee No same As S.6605 (Ritchie)
59 The Child Safe Products Act Major Benefit In Assembly Committee A.8266 (Englebright, et al.) S.1454-A (Avella, et al.)
58 Tanker-Avoidance Zones Substantial Benefit Passed Senate, Passed Assembly A.6825-A (Barrett, et al.) S.5197-B (Serino, et al.)
57 New York State Climate & Community Protection Act Major Benefit Passed Assembly A.8270-A (Englebright, et al.) S.6617-A (Avella, et al.)
56 Accessible Septic Replacement Substantial Benefit Passed Senate, Passed Assembly A.7892 (Englebright, et al.) S.6317 (Hannon, et al.)
55 Dangerous Jewelry Beneficial Passed Assembly A.7723-A (Ryan, et al.) S.2433-A (Parker, et al.)
54 Closing the Hazardous Waste Loophole Major Benefit In Assembly Committee A.2427 (Englebright, et al.) S.1538 (Avella, et al.)
53 Drinking Water Transparency Beneficial Passed Assembly A.2600-B (Sepulveda, et al.) S.2889-B (Dilan, et al.)
52 Lead Exposure Beneficial Passed Assembly A.4345 (Galef, et al.) S.4465 (Carlucci, et al.)
51 Cool Roofs Beneficial In Assembly Committee A.1916 (Hevesi, et al.) S.60 (Hoylman, et al.)
50 Fossil Fuel Freebie Detriment Passed Senate A.972 (Cusick, et al.) S.2640 (Lanza, et al.)