Bill Memos 2018

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
40 Pollinator Protection Beneficial In Senate Committee A.8083-A (Magee, et al.) S.6339-A (Ritchie, et al.)
39 Bisphenol-Free Kid's Act Substantial Benefit In Assembly Committee A.9997 (Englebright, et al.) S.7944 (Hannon)
38 Oil & Natural Gas Drilling Prohibition Substantial Benefit In Assembly Committee A.9819 (Englebright, et al.) No Same As
37 Wind Insecurity Substantial Detriment In Assembly Committee A.9053-A (Jenne, et al.) No Same As
36 Reduce Toxic Mercury in Light Bulbs Beneficial In Assembly Committee A.9740 (Englebright) No Same As
35 Community Access to Justice Major Benefit In Assembly Committee A.8965 (Simon, et al.) S.3269 (Parker, et al.)
34 Enhancing Access to Zero-Emission Vehicles Substantial Benefit In Senate Committee, In Assembly Committee A.8248-A (Morelle, et al.) S.6600-A (Amedore, et al.)
33 FOILs for Farms Detriment In Senate Committee A.9644 (Jenne) S.722 (Ortt, et al.)
32 Putting a Charge in Electric Vehicles Beneficial In Senate Committee A.9587 (Fahy) S.952-A (Funke)
31 Geothermal Tax Credits Beneficial In Senate Committee A.3490-A (Ryan, et al.) No Same As
30 Poisoning People and Pests Major Detriment In Senate Committee A.9817 (Blankenbush, et al.) S.1382 (Gallivan, et al.)
29 Driving in the Wrong Direction Substantial Detriment In Senate Committee No Same As S.2705-A (Parker, et al.)
28 EPF Enhancement and Repayment Plan Beneficial In Senate Committee A.5180 (Fahy, et al.) S.2594 (Marcellino, et al.)
27 Renewable Energy Job Killer Major Detriment In Senate Committee No Same As S.6651-A (Flanagan, et al.)
26 Memo Withdrawn Shifting Burdens and Skirting Responsibilities In Senate Committee No Same As S.5982 (Jacobs)
25 Good Medicine Substantial Benefit In Senate Committee A.9576 (Gunther, et al.) S.7354 (Hannon et al.)
24 Toxic Toys Beneficial In Senate Committee A.7950-A (Ortiz, et al.) S.6034-A (Avella, et al.)
23 Parks Pollution Beneficial In Senate Committee A.4001 (Colton, et al.) S.3052 (Serrano, et al.)
22 Child Safe Products Act Major Benefit In Assembly Committee A.8266 (Englebright, et al.) S.1454-A (Avella, et al.)
21 Coal Tar Prohibition Beneficial In Assembly Committee A.1156 (Rosenthal, et al.) No Same As