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.

On a mobile device, our bill memo table is best viewed in landscape mode.

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 Assembly Committee,
In Senate Committee
A.382 (Paulin, et al.)S.5535 (Comrie, et al.)
3Expanding Drinking Water Testing3 TreePassed Senate,
In Assembly Committee
A.126-A (Gottfried, et al.)S.1759-A (Skoufis, et al.)
4Pesticide-Free Summer Camps1 TreePassed Senate,
In Assembly Committee
A.528 (Paulin, et al.)S.4478 (Brouk)
5Keep Water On2 TreePassed Senate,
Passed Assembly
A.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 TreeIn Senate Committee,
In Assembly Committee
A.160 (Gottrifed, et al.)S.2122 (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 TreePassed Senate,
Passed Assembly
A.1933 (Galef, et al.)S.2997 (Parker, et al.)
11Shifting the Recycling Burden3 TreeIn Senate CommitteeNo Same AsS.1185-B (Kaminsky, et al.)
12Enforcement Tools1 TreePassed SenateNo Same AsS.1237 (Gianaris, et al.)
13Low Cost Air Pollution Reduction1 TreePassed Senate,
In Assembly Committee
A.6177
(Septimo)
S.841 (Biaggi, et al.)
14Ban on Toxic Coal Tar2 TreePassed Senate, In
Assembly Committee
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 TreeIn Senate Committee,
In Assembly Committee
A.5043 (Paulin, et al.)S.2937 (Kaminsky, et al.)
17Fuel Oil Phaseout (#6)1 TreePassed Senate,
In Assembly Committee
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.)
20Expanding the Energy Efficiency Workforce1 TreePassed Senate,
In Assembly Committee
A.3996-A (Hunter)S.3126 (Parker, et al.)
21Equitable Siting2 TreePassed Senate,
In Assembly Committee
A.2103-A (Pretlow)S.1013-B (Stewart-Cousins, et al.)
22Intervenor Reimbursement1 treeIn Senate Committee,
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)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)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)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)
32Community Access to Justice3 TreeIn Senate Committee,
In Assembly Committee
A.2261 (Simon, et al.)S.5394 (Parker, et at.)
33100% Electric Vehicles by 20353 TreePassed Senate,
Passed Assembly
A.4302 (Englebright, et al.)S.2758 (Harckham, et at.)
34Improved Pesticide Reporting1 TreePassed Senate,
Passed Assembly
A.4596 (Englebright, et al.)S.4596 (Kaminsky, et al.)
35Birds and Bees Protection Act2 TreeIn Senate Committee, In Assembly CommitteeA.7429 (Englebright, et al.)S.699-B (Hoylman, et at.)
36Fossil Fuel Facts1 TreeIn Senate Committee,
In Assembly Committee
A.225 (Cahill, et al.)S.2721 (Krueger, et al.)
37Carpet Recycling3 treeIn Senate CommitteeNo Same AsS.5027 (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 TreeIn Senate CommitteeNo Same AsS.4097 (Parker, et al.)
40Leading by Example: EV State Procurement1 TreePassed Senate, In Assembly CommitteeA.2412 (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 SenateNo Same AsS.1256-A (Gianaris, et al.)
44Ending Toxics in Products1 TreeIn Senate Committee, In Assembly CommitteeA.5418 (Englebright, et al.)S.4630-A (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 TreeIn Senate Committee,
In Assembly Committee
A.6838 (Galef, et al.)S.2995-A (Harckham, et al.)
48Banning Emissions Tampering1 TreeIn Senate CommitteeNo 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 TreeIn Senate Committee,
In Assembly Committee
A.3874 (Cusick)S.659 (May)
51Protecting RGGI Funds2 TreeIn Senate CommitteeNo Same AsS.6268 (May, et al.)
52Direct EV Sales2 TreeIn Senate Committee,
In Assembly Committee
A.4614 (Fahy, et al.)S.1763 (Kaminsky, et al.)