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 our Legislative and Climate Associate Rachel Patterson at or (518) 462-5526 ext. 221 with inquiries. 

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Memo Note Summary & Evaluation Rating Status Assembly Bill Senate Bill
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.)
1 A-B-Cs of Stream Protection Major Benefit In Senate Committee, Passed Assembly A.8349 (Ryan, et al.) S.5612-A (Harckham, et al.)