Bill Memos 2019

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.

* Bill memos marked with an asterisk have been signed into law.

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.

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Memo Note Summary & Evaluation Rating Status Assembly Bill Senate Bill
44 A-B-C-Ds of Stream Protection Major Benefit In Assembly Committee A.4666 (Ryan, et al.) S.5612 (Harckham, et al.)
43 Ban on Toxic Coal Tar Substantial Benefit In Assembly Committee A.1304 (Rosenthal, et al.) No Same As
42 Lead Testing in Day Cares Beneficial In Senate Committee No Same As S.842-A (Montgomery, et al.)
41 Tackling Lead Poisoning Substantial Benefit In Senate Committee A.7687 (Peoples-Stokes) S.499-B (Rivera, et al.)
40 Incentivizing Sewer Pipe Replacement and Repair Beneficial In Senate Committee A.2537 (Wallace) S.5219 (Kennedy)
39 Lead Ammo Ban Substantial Benefit In Assembly Committee A.703 (Glick, et al.) No Bill
38 Toxic-Free Food Packaging Substantial Benefit In Senate Committee, In Assembly Committee A.4739 (Fahy, et al.) S.2000 (Hoylman, et al.)
37 PFAS-Free Firefighting Foam Major Benefit Passed Senate, In Assembly Committee A.445 (Steck, et al.) S.439 (Hoylman, et al.)
36 Menstrual Product Ingredient Disclosure Beneficial Passed Senate A.164 (Rosenthal, et al.) S.2387 (Persaud, et al.)
35 Enhancing Access to Public Transit Beneficial In Senate Committee A.3905 (Hyndman, et al.) S.1015 (Comrie)
34 Cleaner Air for Kids Beneficial Passed Senate, Passed Assembly A.6358 (Cruz, et al.) S.2890 (Salazar)
33 Protecting Vulnerable Species Substantial Benefit Passed Senate, Passed Assembly A.6600 (Englebright, et al.) S.5098 (Martinez)
32 It Makes WaterSense Substantial Benefit Passed Senate, Passed Assembly A.2286 (Hunter, et al.) S.354-A (Kaminsky, et al.)
31 Solar Choice for Homeowners Beneficial Passed Senate No Same As S.4742-A (Parker, et al.)
30 Paint Stewardship Beneficial In Senate Committee A.6373 (Englebright, et al.) S.4351 (Kennedy, et al.)
29 Dangerous Jewelry Beneficial Passed Senate, In Assembly Committee A.6041 (Ryan) S.4046 (Parker)
28 Water Withdrawal Transparency Beneficial Passed Senate, Passed Assembly A.6244 (Englebright, et al.) S.1724 (Skoufis, et al.)
27 Polluter Pays Substantial Benefit Passed Senate A.5477-C (Thiele, et al.) S.3337-B (Gaughran, et al.)
26 Chlorpyrifos Ban Major Benefit Passed Senate, Passed Assembly A.2477-B (Englebright, et al.) S.5343 (Kaminsky, et al.)
25 Tapping Climate Funds to Bail Out LIPA Major Detriment In Senate Committee A.2585 (Lavine, et al.) S.2852-A (Flanagan, et al.)