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
9 Solar Panel Takeback Program Substantial Benefit Passed Senate A.7757 (Englebright, et al.) S.2837 (O’Mara, et al.)
8 Drinking Water Quality Institute Substantial Benefit In Senate Committee A.5473 (Englebright, et al.) S.3773 (Hannon, et al.)
7 Protecting Kids at Daycare Beneficial In Senate Committee, In Assembly Committee A.2831 (Englebright, et al.) S.1103 (Alcantara, et al.)
6 Tying Agencies in Knots Major Detriment In Senate Committee A.6916 (Hawley, et al.) S.1753 (Ortt, et al.)
5 Regulatory Rollback Substantial Detriment In Senate Committee No Same As S.327 (Murphy, et al.)
4 Parks Pollution Beneficial Passed Senate A.4001 (Colton, et al.) S.3052 (Serrano, et al.)
3 Electric Vehicle Charging Tariffs Beneficial Passed Senate, Passed Assembly A.288 (Paulin, et al.) S.3745 (Griffo, et al.)
2 Pesticide-Free Summer Camps Beneficial In Assembly Committee A.441 (Paulin, et al.) S.1371 (Carlucci, et al.)
1 Bag It Major Detriment Passed Senate A.1750 (Cusick, et al.) S.362 (Felder, et al.)