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 nmoore@eany.org 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
49 Toxic Toys Beneficial In Senate Committee A.7950 (Ortiz, et al.) S.6034 (Avella, et al.)
48 RGGI BioMass Confusion Detriment In Senate Committee, In Assembly Committee A.6214 (Moya, et al.) S.6063 (Ritchie, et al.)
47 Wind Insecurity Substantial Detriment In Senate Committee A.5262-A (Norris, et al.) S.1755-A (Ortt)
46 Renewable Energy Retention Act Substantial Benefit Passed Senate A.7275-A (Jenne, et al.) S.5549-A (Griffo, et al.)
45 Paperwork Production Act Detriment In Senate Committee No Same As S.6389 (Marchione)
44 Memo Withdrawn Upending Emergency Rulemaking A.8470 (Schiminger) S.5912-B (Jacobs, et al.)
43 Shifting Burdens and Skirting Responsibilities Substantial Detriment In Senate Committee No Same As S.5982 (Jacobs)
42 Radon Testing Beneficial Passed Senate A.5515-B (Weprin, et al.) S.5753-B (Lanza, et al.)
41 Private Well Water Quality Protection Substantial Benefit In Assembly Committee A.265 (Jaffee, et al.) S.119 (Hoylman, et al.)
40 Safer Sofas Substantial Benefit In Assembly Committee A.3368 (Brindisi, et al.) S.742 (Ritchie, et al.)
39 Lead Levels Substantial Benefit Passed Assembly A.6906 (Ryan, et al.) S.6472 (Hannon, et al.)
38 Paint Stewardship Substantial Benefit In Assembly Committee A.2242 (Peoples-Stokes, et al.) No Same As
37 It Makes WaterSense Substantial Benefit In Senate Committee, Passed Assembly A.5699-A (Hunter, et al.) S.4591-A (Valesky, et al.)
36 Amends Polluter Spill Liability Detriment In Senate Committee No Same As S.2822 (O’Mara, et al.)
35 Tipping the Scales Against the Environment Substantial Detriment In Senate Committee No Same As S.930 (Amedore, et al.)
34 Incomplete Environmental Review Substantial Detriment In Senate Committee A.1176 (Simanowitz, et al.) S.624 (Boyle, et al.)
33 Protecting the Park Substantial Benefit In Assembly Committee A.5451 (Englebright, et al.) No Same As
32 Crude Oil-By-Rail Disclosure Beneficial In Assembly Committee A.2029 (Fahy, et al.) S.4560 (Avella, et al.)
31 Affordable Green Homes Beneficial Passed Senate, Passed Assembly A.4969-A (Rosenthal, et al.) S.3746-A (Griffo, et al.)
30 Ramping Up Energy Storage Substantial Benefit Passed Senate, Passed Assembly A.6571 (Paulin, et al.) S.5190 (Griffo, et al.)

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