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.

Please contact our Legislative and Climate Associate Rachel Patterson at rpatter[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,
In Assembly Committee
A.1368 (Englebright, et al.)S.528 (Jackson, et al.)
2Eco-Friendly Ending1 TreeIn Assembly CommitteeA.382 (Paulin, et al.)No Same As
3Expanding Drinking Water Testing3 TreeIn Assembly Committee,
In Senate Committee
A.126 (Gottfried, et al.)S.1759 (Skoufis, et al.)
4Pesticide-Free Summer Camps1 TreeIn Assembly CommitteeA.528 (Paulin, et al.)No Same As
5Keep Water On2 TreeIn Senate CommitteeNo Same AsS.1453 (Parker, et al.)
6Addressing Asthma in Communities of Color1 TreeIn Assembly CommitteeNo Same AsS.410-A (Biaggi, et al.)
7Get the Lead Out of Schools2 TreeIn Assembly Committee, In Senate CommitteeA.160 (Gottrifed, et al.)S.2122 (Rivera, et al.)