Bill Memos

Bill Memos 2021

Every week during the New York State Legislative Session, Environmental Advocates NY is busy reviewing legislative proposals and assessing the environmental benefits and determinants of each proposal. Our multi-tiered rating system weights bills according to their potential impacts – either beneficial or detrimental – on New York’s environment.

The “Trees and Smokestacks” rating system is designed to place appropriate emphasis on each bill. Our memo process is a trusted tool and resource for legislators and staff, as well as to those interested in the legislative proposals of our state government. At the end of each session these weighted votes are totaled to arrive at a final environmental score for each legislator.

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Please contact our Legislative and Climate Associate Rachel Patterson at [email protected] or (518) 462-5526 ext. 221 with inquiries.

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

– Bill memos marked with a hyphen have been vetoed.

See 2020 Bill Memos here.

Our Rating System

  • Beneficial – Legislation would be beneficial to some aspect of New York’s environment.
  • Substantial Benefit – Legislation would provide substantial benefit to New York’s environment.
  • Major Benefit  – Legislation would be of significant benefit to help resolve a pressing problem facing New York’s environment.
  • Detriment – Legislation would be detrimental to environmental causes in New York.
  • Substantial Detriment – Legislation would do substantial harm to New York’s environment.
  • Major Detriment – Legislation is likely to result in major or lasting harm to some aspect of New York’s environment.

Our Rating System

Beneficial

Legislation would be beneficial to some aspect of New York's environment.

Substantial Benefit

Legislation would be beneficial to some aspect of New York's environment.

Major Benefit

Legislation would be of significant benefit to help resolve a pressing problem facing New York's environment.

Detriment

Legislation would be detrimental to environmental causes in New York.

Substantial Detriment

Legislation would do substantial harm to New York's environment.

Major Detriment

Legislation is likely to result in major or lasting harm to some aspect of New York's environment.

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MemoSummary & EvaluationRatingStatusAssembly BillSenate Bill
1Environmental Bill of Rights3 TreePassed Senate,
Passed Assembly
A.1368 (Englebright, et al.)S.528 (Jackson, et al.)
2Eco-Friendly Ending1 TreeIn Senate Committee,
In Assembly Committee
A.382 (Paulin, et al.)S.5535 (Comrie, et al.)
3Expanding Drinking Water Testing3 TreePassed Senate,
Passed Assembly
A.126-A (Gottfried, et al.)S.1759-A (Skoufis, et al.)
4Pesticide-Free Summer Camps1 TreePassed Senate,
Passed Assembly
A.528-A (Paulin, et al.)S.4478-A (Brouk, et al.)
*5Keep Water On2 TreeSigned into LawA.6255-A (Richardson, et al.)S.1453-B (Parker, et al.)
6Addressing Asthma in Communities of Color1 TreePassed Senate,
In Assembly Committee
A.5828 (Reyes, et al.)S.410-A (Biaggi, et al.)
7Get the Lead Out of Schools2 TreePassed Senate,
Passed Assembly
A.160-B (Gottrfied, et al.)S.2122-A (Rivera, et al.)
8Travel Without Plastic2 TreePassed Senate,
Passed Assembly
A.5082 (Englebright, et al.)S.543 (Kaminsky, et al.)
9Stop the Spread of Toxic Waste2 TreePassed Senate,
Passed Assembly
A.903 (O’Donnell, et al.)S.355 (Hoylman, et al.)
*10Solar Choice for Homeowners1 TreeSigned into LawA.1933 (Galef, et al.)S.2997 (Parker, et al.)
11Shifting the Recycling Burden3 TreeIn Senate Committee,
In Assembly Committee
A.5801 (Englebright, et al.)S.1185-B (Kaminsky, et al.)
12Enforcement Tools1 TreePassed SenateNo Same AsS.1237 (Gianaris, et al.)
13Low Cost Air Pollution Reduction1 TreePassed Senate,
Passed Assembly
A.6177-A
(Septimo, et al.)
S.841-A (Biaggi, et al.)
14Ban on Toxic Coal Tar2 TreePassed Senate,
Passed Assembly
A.518-A (Rosenthal, et al.)S.4095-B (Sanders, et al.)
15Better Planning for the Adirondack Park2 TreeIn Senate Committee,
In Assembly Committee
A.4074 (Englebright, et al.)S.1145 (Kaminsky, et al.)
16Fuel Oil Phaseout (#4)1 TreePassed Senate,
In Assembly Committee
A.5043 (Paulin, et al.)S.2937 (Kaminsky, et al.)
17Fuel Oil Phaseout (#6)1 TreePassed Senate,
Passed Assembly
A.5029-A (Paulin, et al.)S.2936 (Kaminsky, et al.)
18Reduce, Reuse, Recycle1 TreeIn Assembly CommitteeA.4117 (Englebright, et al.)No Same As
19Skin Deep Disclosure1 TreeIn Senate Committee,
In Assembly Committee
A.143 (Gottfried, et al.)S.3331 (Rivera, et al.)
21Equitable Siting2 TreePassed Senate,
In Assembly Committee
A.2103-A (Pretlow, et al.)S.1031-B (Stewart-Cousins, et al.)
22Intervenor Reimbursement1 treePassed Senate,
In Assembly Committee
A.873 (Cahill, et al.)S.3034
(Parker, et al.)
23Clearing the Toxic Air2 TreePassed Senate,
In Assembly Committee
A.6150 (Septimo, et al.)S.4371-B
(Biaggi, et al.)
24Peak Solutions2 TreePassed Senate,
In Assembly Committee
A.6251 (Carroll, et al.)S.4378-A
(Brisport, et al.)
25Expanding Public Participation2 TreePassed Senate,
In Assembly Committee
A.6530 (Barnwell, et al.)S.3211-A
(Ramos, et al.)
26Make New York EV Ready1 TreePassed Senate,
In Assembly Committee
A.4386-A (O’Donnell, et al.)S.23-A (Kaplan, et al.)
27Toxic Torts1 TreeIn Senate Committee,
In Assembly Committee
A.5031 (Ramos, et al.)S.667 (Sanders, et al.)
28Expanding EV Access
1 TreePassed Senate,
In Assembly Committee
A.2578 (Woerner, et al.)S.4092 (Hinchey, et al.)
29A-B-Cs of Stream Protection3 TreeIn Senate Committee,
In Assembly Committee
A.6652 (Englebright, et al.)S.4162 (Harckham, et al.)
30Lead Ammo Ban2 TreeIn Senate Committee,
In Assembly Committee
A.5728 (Glick, et al.)S.5058 (Reichlin-Melnick, et al.)
31Curbing Air Pollution2 TreeIn Senate Committee,
In Assembly Committee
A.2045 (Abinanti, et al.)S.2996 (Harckham, et al.)
32Community Access to Justice3 TreeIn Senate Committee,
In Assembly Committee
A.2261 (Simon, et al.)S.5394 (Parker, et al.)
*33100% Electric Vehicles by 20353 TreeSigned into LawA.4302 (Englebright, et al.)S.2758 (Harckham, et al.)
34Improved Pesticide Reporting1 TreePassed Senate,
Passed Assembly
A.4596 (Englebright, et al.)S.4596 (Kaminsky, et al.)
35Birds and Bees Protection Act2 TreePassed Senate,
In Assembly Committee
A.7429 (Englebright, et al.)S.699-B (Hoylman, et al.)
36Fossil Fuel Facts1 TreeIn Senate Committee,
In Assembly Committee
A.225 (Cahill, et al.)S.2721 (Krueger, et al.)
37Carpet Recycling3 treePassed SenateNo Same AsS.5027-A (Kavanagh, et al.)
38Climate and Community Investment Act3 TreeIn Senate Committee,
In Assembly Committee
A.6967 (Cahill, et al.)S.4264-A (Parker, et al.)
39Clean Trucks1 TreePassed SenateNo Same AsS.4097 (Parker, et al.)
40Leading by Example: EV State Procurement1 TreePassed Senate,
In Assembly Committee
A.2412-A (Fahy, et al.)S.2838-A (Parker, et al.)
41Procurement Without Deforestation1 TreeIn Senate Committee,
In Assembly Committee
A.6872 (Zebrowski, et al.)S.5921 (Krueger, et al.)
42Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure1 TreePassed Senate,
Passed Assembly
A.3876 (Cusick, et al.)S.3929 (Kennedy, et al.)
43Lead-Free Parks1 TreePassed Senate,
In Assembly Committee
A.4551 (O’Donnell, et al.)S.1256-A (Gianaris, et al.)
44Ending Toxics in Products1 TreePassed Senate,
Passed Assembly
A.5418-B (Englebright, et al.)S.4630-B (Kaminsky, et al.)
45Skip the Straw, Please1 TreeIn Senate Committee,
In Assembly Committee
A.207 (Rosenthal, et al.)S.1505 (Hoylman, et al.)
46Skip the Cutlery, Please1 TreeIn Assembly CommitteeA.5383 (Rosenthal, et al.)No Same As
47Scaling Up Solar1 TreePassed Senate,
In Assembly Committee
A.6838 (Galef, et al.)S.2995 (Harckham, et al.)
48Banning Emissions Tampering1 TreePassed SenateNo Same AsS.6172 (Hoylman)
49Electric School Buses2 TreeIn Senate Committee,
In Assembly Committee
A.6754 (Fahy, et al.)S.5268 (Kennedy, et al.)
50Renewables on Reforestation Areas1 TreePassed Senate,
In Assembly Committee
A.3874 (Cusick)S.659 (May)
51Protecting RGGI Funds2 TreeIn Senate Committee,
In Assembly Committee
A.7611 (Kelles, et al.)S.6268-A (May, et al.)
52Direct EV Sales2 TreeIn Senate Committee,
In Assembly Committee
A.4614 (Fahy, et al.)S.1763 (Kaminsky, et al.)
53Climate Friendly Farming2 TreePassed Senate,
Passed Assembly
A.5386-A (Lupardo, et al.)S.4722-A (Hinchey, et al.)
54Protecting Students from Indoor Air Pollution1 TreeIn Senate Committee,
In Assembly Committee
A.6684 (Fernandez, et al.)S.1121 (Kaminsky)
55Equity in Environmental Conservation Law1 TreePassed SenateNo Same AsS.1232 (Gianaris, et al.)
56Energy Credit Donation1 TreeIn Senate Committee,
In Assembly Committee
A.7703 (McMahon, et al.)S.6919 (Kennedy, et al.)
57Electric Bike and Scooter Rebate
1 TreePassed Senate,
In Assembly Committee
A.516-A (Carroll, et al.)S.3080-A (Salazar, et al.)
58Climate Funds for Disadvantaged Communities1 TreeIn Assembly CommitteeA.7736 (Englebright, et al.)No Same As
59Protecting NY Wetlands2 TreePassed Senate,
In Assembly Committee
A.7850 (Englebright, et al.)S.5116-C (Harckham, et al.)
60Recycling Truth in Labeling1 TreeIn Assembly CommitteeA.7668 (Englebright, at al.)No Same As
61Education on the Impacts of Idling1 TreePassed Senate,
In Assembly Committee
A.7722 (McMahon)S.6962 (Ryan)
62Siting Process for Dormant Power Plants2 TreeIn Senate Committee,
In Assembly Committee
A.7768-A (Kelles)S.7006-A (May)
63Ending Fossil Fuel Tax Breaks1 TreeIn Senate Committee,
In Assembly Committee
A.6882 (Cahill, et al.)S.4816 (Krueger, et al.)
64Prohibit New Fossil Fuel Power Plants2 TreeIn Senate Committee,
In Assembly Committee
A.6761-A (Mamdani, et al.)S.5939-A (Ramos, et al.)
65Right to Repair1 TreePassed Senate,
In Assembly Committee
A.7006 (Fahy, et al.)S.4104 (Breslin, et al.)
66Continuing Community Composting1 TreeIn Senate Committee,
In Assembly Committee
A.7774-B (Epstein, et al.)S.6282-C (Kavanagh, et al.)
67Stopping Invasive Species1 TreePassed Senate,
Passed Assembly
A.7735-A (Jones, et al.)S.7010-C (Kaminsky, et al.)
68Blockchain Environmental Impacts2 TreePassed Senate,
In Assembly Committee
A.7389-A (Kelles, et al.)S.6486-B (Parker, et al.)
69Advanced Building Codes, Appliance and Equipment Efficiency Standards Act2 TreePassed Senate,
In Assembly Committee
A.8143 (Fahy, et al.)S.7176 (Parker, et al.)