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 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
29 Solar Choice for Homeowners Beneficial In Assembly Committee A.3691 (Galef, et al.) No Same As
28 Dirty Diesel Emissions Major Detriment In Assembly Committee A.5593 (Schimminger) S.4404 (Seward)
27 Bethlehem Community Preservation Act Substantial Benefit Passed Assembly A.3028-A (Fahy, et al.) S.3526-A (Breslin, et al.)
26 State Parks Recycling Beneficial Passed Senate, Passed Assembly A.2858-B (Englebright, et al.) S.4084-A (Funke, et al.)
25 Wetland Protections Major Benefit Passed Assembly A.6282 (Englebright, et al.) S.1749 (Latimer, et al.)
24 Battery Takeback Substantial Benefit Passed Assembly A.6280 (Englebright, et al.) S.1448 (Avella, et al.)
23 Environmental Rights Major Benefit Passed Assembly A.6279 (Englebright, Gottfried, et al.) S.5287 (Carlucci, et al.)
22 Reduce Toxic Mercury in Light Bulbs Beneficial Passed Assembly A.2875 (Kavanagh, et al.) S.4636 (Sanders, et al.)
21 Environmental Justice for All Substantial Benefit In Assembly Committee A.2234 (Peoples-Stokes, et al.) S.3110 (Parker, et al.)
20 Environmental Justice Zones Substantial Benefit Passed Assembly A.1862 (Peoples-Stokes, et al.) S.3199 (Serrano, et al.)
19 Community Access to Justice Major Benefit In Assembly Committee A.1811 (Kavanagh, et al.) S.3269 (Parker, et al.)
18 Cover Your Crude Major Benefit Passed Assembly A.1773 (Fahy, et al.) S.1515 (Avella, et al.)
17 Coal Tar Prohibition Beneficial In Assembly Committee A.1156 (Rosenthal, et al.) No Same As
16 Curbing Air Pollution (CAR) Substantial Benefit In Assembly Committee A.923 (Abinanti, et al.) S.1502 (Avella, et al.)
15 Renewable Energy Reduction Act Major Detriment In Senate Committee No Same As S.3747 (Griffo)
14 Memo Withdrawn Stalling the Energy Vision Passed Senate, In Assembly Committee A.1450-B (Jenne) S.4423-B (DeFrancisco)
13 Good Medicine Substantial Benefit Passed Senate, Passed Assembly A.387-B (Gunther, et al.) S.6750 (Hannon, et al.)
12 Environmental Tracker Beneficial In Assembly Committee A.5450 (Englebright, et al.) S.484 (Squadron, et al.)
11 EPF Enhancement and Repayment Plan Beneficial In Senate Committee A.5180 (Fahy, et al.) S.2594 (Marcellino, et al.)
10 Geothermal Tax Credits Beneficial Passed Senate A.3490 (Ryan, et al.) S.1750 (Ortt, et al.)