Bill Memos 2018

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
50 Leading By Example Substantial Benefit In Assembly Committee A.6993 (Paulin, et al.) S.5541 (Griffo)
49 Solar Parity for NYC Beneficial Passed Senate, Passed Assembly A.10150 (Carroll, et al.) S.8049 (Lanza, et al.)
48 Protecting Public Transportation Substantial Benefit Passed Senate, Passed Assembly A.8511 (Dinowitz, et al.) S.6807 (Golden, et al.)
47 Restricting Nitrogen Fertilizer Substantial Benefit Passed Assembly A.10276 (Englebright, et al.) S.8170 (Hannon, et al.)
46 Tying Agencies in Knots Major Detriment In Senate Committee, In Assembly Committee A.6916 (Hawley, et al.) S.1753 (Ortt, et al.)
45 Safer Children Beneficial In Assembly Committee A.9964 (Englebright, et al.) S.8227 (Boyle)
44 Increased Penalties for Wetland Violations Beneficial In Assembly Committee A.2468 (Englebright) S.1398 (Avella, et al.)
43 Chlorpyrifos Ban Major Benefit Passed Assembly A.10274 (Englebright, et al.) No Same As
42 Radon Testing Beneficial In Senate Committee A.5515-B (Weprin, et al.) S.5753-B (Lanza, et al.)
41 Pollinator Protection Beneficial Passed Senate, Passed Assembly A.8083-A (Magee, et al.) S.6339-A (Ritchie, et al.)
40 Bisphenol-Free Kid's Act Substantial Benefit In Assembly Committee A.9997 (Englebright, et al.) S.7944 (Hannon)
39 Oil & Natural Gas Drilling Prohibition Substantial Benefit Passed Assembly A.9819 (Englebright, et al.) S.8017 (LaValle, et al.)
38 Memo Withdrawn Climate and Community Protection Act (See Memo #1) Major Benefit In Senate Committee No Same As S.7971-A
37 Wind Insecurity Substantial Detriment In Assembly Committee A.9053-A (Jenne, et al.) No Same As
36 Reduce Toxic Mercury in Light Bulbs Beneficial Passed Assembly A.9740 (Englebright, et al.) S.8077 (Hamilton)
35 Community Access to Justice Major Benefit In Assembly Committee A.8965 (Simon, et al.) S.3269 (Parker, et al.)
34 Enhancing Access to Zero-Emission Vehicles Substantial Benefit In Senate Committee, In Assembly Committee A.8248-A (Morelle, et al.) S.6600-A (Amedore, et al.)
33 FOILs for Farms Detriment Passed Senate A.9644 (Jenne, et al.) S.722 (Ortt, et al.)
32 Putting a Charge in Electric Vehicles Beneficial In Senate Committee A.9587 (Fahy, et al.) S.952-A (Funke, et al.)
31 Geothermal Tax Credits Beneficial In Assembly Committee A.3490-A (Ryan, et al.) No Same As