Bill Memos 2020

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.

* Bill memos marked with an asterisk have been signed into law.

- Bill memos marked with a hyphen have been vetoed.

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 Kate Kurera at kkurera@eany.org or (518) 462-5526 ext. 233 with inquiries. 

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Memo Note Summary & Evaluation Rating Status Assembly Bill Senate Bill
21 Getting the Lead Out of Schools Substantial Benefit In Assembly Committee A.9545 (Gottfried, et al.) S.7268 (Rivera)
20 Solar Choice for Homeowners Beneficial In Senate Committee A.5896-A (Galef, et al.) S.4742-A (Parker, et al.)
19 Save Our Species Beneficial In Senate Committee A.4077 (Barrett, et al.) S.5196 (Kaminsky, et al.)
18 Ban on Fracking Substantial Benefit In Senate Committee A.9678 (Englebright) S.6906 (Metzger, et al.)
17 Expanding Drinking Water Testing Major Benefit In Assembly Committee A.7839 (Gottfried, et al.) S.6625 (Skoufis, et al.)
16 What's in Your Water Beneficial In Senate Committee A.3040 (Vanel, et al.) S.1455 (Sanders, et al.)
15 Amendment - PFAS-Free Firefighting Foam Beneficial Passed Senate, Passed Assembly A.8979 (Steck, et al.) S.7167 (Hoylman)
14 Better Planning for the Adirondack Park Substantial Benefit In Assembly Committee A.8123-A (Englebright, et al) S.6484 (Kaminsky, et al)
13 Freshwater Wetland Protections Major Benefit In Assembly Committee A.3658 (Englebright, et al.) S.5576 (Mayer, et al.)
12 Closing the Hazardous Waste Loophole Major Benefit In Assembly Committee A.2655 (Englebright, et al.) S.3392 (May, et al.)
11 Banning Fracking Waste on Highways Substantial Benefit In Assembly Committee A.7933 (O’Donnell, et al.) S.1858-A (Hoylman, et al.)
10 Toxic-Free Food Packaging Substantial Benefit In Assembly Committee A.4739-A (Fahy, et al.) S.2000-A (Hoylman, et al.)
9 Toxic Torts Beneficial In Assembly Committee A.4879 (Ramos, et al.) S.4920 (Sanders, et al.)
8 Safer Sofas Substantial Benefit In Assembly Committee A.6260-A (Gunther, et al.) S.6512 (Harckham, et al.)
7 Restricting Nitrogen Fertilizer Substantial Benefit In Assembly Committee A.4568 (Englebright, et al.) S.2130 (Kaminsky, et al.)
6 Preserving Open Land (Orange County) Substantial Benefit Passed Assembly A.7699-B (Gunther, et al.) S.6224-B (Metzger, et al.)
5 Pesticide-Free Summer Camps Beneficial In Assembly Committee A.1051 (Paulin, et al.) S.1145 (Carlucci, et al.)
4 Modernizing FOIL Beneficial In Senate Committee A.121-A (Buchwald, et al.) S.1630-B (Skoufis, et al.)
3 Curbing Air Pollution Substantial Benefit In Assembly Committee A.1698-A (Abinanti, et al.) S.4282-A (Harckham, et al.)
2 Ban on Toxic Coal Tar Substantial Benefit In Assembly Committee A.1304 (Rosenthal, et al.) S.6308 (Metzger, et al.)

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