Bill Memos

Bill Memos 2020

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.

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.

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
43TCE Free1 TreePassed Senate,
Passed Assembly
A.8829-A (Englebright, et al.)S.6829-B (Kaminsky, et al.)
42Waste Not, Want Not1 TreePassed Senate,
Passed Assembly
A.4398-A (Abinanti, et al.)S.4176-A (Harckham, et al.)
41Travel Without Plastic2 TreePassed Senate, In Assembly CommitteeA.7662-B (Englebright, et al.)S.5282-B (Kaminsky, et al.)
40Reducing Road Salt in NYC Watershed1 TreePassed Senate, In Assembly CommitteeA.9825-A (Abinanti)S.7367-A (Harckham)
39Scaling-Up Solar1 TreePassed Senate No Same AsS.8635 (Harckham, et al.)
38Clean Air for Cohoes1 TreePassed Senate,
Passed Assembly
A.9952-B (McDonald, et al.)S.7880-B (Breslin)
37Reducing Road Salt in the Adirondacks1 TreePassed Senate,
Passed Assembly
A.8767-A (Jones, et al.)S.8663-A (Kennedy, et al.)
36Weed Killers Not Welcome1 TreePassed Senate,
Passed Assembly
A.732-B (Rosenthal, et al.)S.6502-A (Serrano, et al.)
35No Thank You To Plastic Beverage Rings1 TreeIn Senate and Assembly CommitteesA.8305-A (Paulin, et al.)S.6647-A (Krueger)

34Safety first2 TreesIn Senate and Assembly CommitteesA.10236-B (Galef, et al.)S.8154-B (Harckham, et al.)
*33Keep Water On2 TreesPassed Senate,
Passed Assembly
A.10521 (Mosley, et al.)S.8113-A (Parker, et al.)
32Right to Refill1 TreeIn Senate and Assembly CommitteesA.8722 (Fahy, et al.)S.6813 (Metzger, et al.)
31Right to Clean Water1 TreeIn Senate and Assembly CommitteesA.3361-A (Abinanti, et al.)S.5334-A (Comrie)
30Intervenor Reimbursement1 TreeIn Senate and Assembly CommitteesA.145 (Cahill, et al.)S.3605 (Parker, et al.)
29Fossil Fuel Facts1 TreePassed Senate, In Assembly CommitteeA.257-C (Cahill, et al.)S.2649-B (Krueger, et al.)
28Environmental Access to Justice2 TreesIn Senate and Assembly CommitteesA.7971 (O’Donnell, et al.)S.7548 (Kavanagh, et al.)
27Reduce, Reuse, Recycle1 TreeIn Senate and Assembly CommitteesA.9832 (Englebright, et al.)S.7904 (Thomas)
26Community Access to Justice3 TreesIn Senate and Assembly CommitteesA.1424 (Simon, et al.)S.5013 (Parker, et al.)
25Eco-Friendly Ending1 TreeIn Senate and Assembly CommitteesA.9839 (Paulin, et al.)S.7822 (Comrie)
*24Anti-ICEing1 TreePassed Senate,
Passed Assembly
A.8608 (Paulin, et al.)S.6836 (Metzger)
23Lead Ammo Ban2 TreesIn Assembly CommitteeA.703 (Glick, et al.)No Same As
22Banning Fracking Waste1 TreeIn Senate and Assembly CommitteesA.101 (Buchwald et al.)S.437 (Hoylman et al.)
21Getting the Lead Out of Schools2 TreesIn Senate and Assembly CommitteesA.9545 (Gottfried, et al.)S.7268 (Rivera, et al.)
20Solar Choice for Homeowners1 TreeIn Senate and Assembly CommitteesA.5896-A (Galef, et al.)S.4742-A (Parker, et al.)
19Save Our Species1 TreePassed Senate,
Passed Assembly
A.4077-A (Barrett, et al.)S.8750 (Kaminsky, et al.)
18Ban on Fracking2 TreesIn Senate and Assembly CommitteesA.9678 (Englebright, et al.)S.6906 (Metzger, et al.)
17Expanding Drinking Water Testing3 TreesIn Senate and Assembly CommitteesA.7839 (Gottfried, et al.)S.6625 (Skoufis, et al.)
*16What’s in Your Water1 TreePassed Senate,
Passed Assembly
A.3040-A (Vanel, et al.)S.1455 (Sanders, et al.)
*15Amendment – PFAS-Free Firefighting Foam1 TreePassed Senate, Passed AssemblyA.8979 (Steck, et al.)S.7167 (Hoylman)
14Better Planning for the Adirondack Park2 TreesIn Senate and Assembly CommitteesA.8123-A (Englebright, et al.)S.6484 (Kaminsky, et al.)
13Freshwater Wetland Protections3 TreesIn Senate and Assembly CommitteesA.3658 (Englebright, et al.)S.7366 (Harckham, et al.)
*12Closing the Hazardous Waste Loophole3 TreesPassed Senate,
Passed Assembly
A.2655 (Englebright, et al.)S.3392 (May, et al.)
11Banning Fracking Waste on Highways2 TreesIn Senate and Assembly CommitteesA.7933 (O’Donnell, et al.)S.1858-A (Hoylman, et al.)
10Toxic-Free Food Packaging2 TreesPassed Senate,
Passed Assembly
A.4739-C (Fahy, et al.)S.8817 (Hoylman, et al.)
9Toxic Torts1 TreeIn Senate and Assembly CommitteesA.4879 (Ramos, et al.)S.4920 (Sanders, et al.)
8Safer
Sofas
2 TreesIn Senate and Assembly CommitteesA.6260-A (Gunther, et al.)S.6512 (Harckham, et al.)
7Restricting Nitrogen Fertilizer2 TreesIn Senate and Assembly CommitteesA.4568 (Englebright, et al.)S.2130 (Kaminsky, et al.)
6Preserving Open Land (Orange County)2 TreesIn Senate Committee, Passed AssemblyA.7699-B (Gunther, et al.)S.6224-B (Metzger, et al.)
5Pesticide-Free Summer Camps1 TreeIn Senate and Assembly CommitteesA.1051-A (Paulin, et al.)S.1145-A (Carlucci, et al.)
4Modernizing FOIL1 TreeIn Senate and Assembly CommitteesA.121-A (Buchwald, et al.)S.1630-B (Skoufis, et al.)
3Curbing Air Pollution2 TreesIn Senate and Assembly CommitteesA.1698-A (Abinanti, et al.)S.4282-A (Harckham, et al.)
2Ban
on Toxic Coal Tar
2 TreesPassed Senate, in Assembly CommitteeA.1304-A (Rosenthal, et al.)S.6308-A (Metzger, et al.)
1A-B-Cs of Stream Protection3 TreesPassed Senate, Passed AssemblyA.8349 (Ryan, et al.)S.5612-A (Harckham, et al.)