Legislation

Memos of Support and Opposition for 2024 Legislative Session

Water:

  • PFAS Surface Water Discharge Disclosure Act: S.227-B (May)/A.3296-A (Kelles)
  • Summary: Enacts the "PFAS surface water discharge disclosure act"; requires publicly owned treatment works and people who discharge industrial waste to such treatment works to disclose the measurement of per- and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals found in any discharge into the state waterways.
    Currently: S.227-B: Referred to Senate Environmental Conservation Committee (01/03/2024); A.3296-A: Referred to Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee (01/03/2024)
    Support Memo (pdf)
     
  • Ban on Fracking Waste Water Road Spreading: S.1538-A (Hoylman-Sigal)/A.7105-A (O'Donnell) (*not currently same as)
  • Summary: Prohibits the use of drilling fluids and flowback water from wells, pools or fields on any highway for any purpose including but not limited to de-icing or dust suppression.
    Currently: S.1538-A: Advanced to Third Reading (02/07/2024)A.7105-A: Currently on Environmental Conservation Committee Agenda for 02/13/2024
    Support Memo (pdf)
     
  • WaterSense Irrigation Systems: S.6673 (Martinez)/A.5892-A (Thiele)
  • Summary: Provides that spray sprinkler bodies shall meet certain water saving performance standards.
    Currently: S.6673: Enacting Clause Stricken (02/05/2024)A.5892-A: Referred to Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee (01/03/2024)
    Support Memo (pdf)


Energy:

  • Fossil Fuel Facilities Replacement and Redevelopment Blueprint Act: S.2935-C (Parker)/A.4866-C (Kelles)
  • Summary: Relates to the development of a blueprint to guide the replacement and redevelopment of New York's oldest and most-polluting  fossil fuel facilities and their sites by 2030.
    Currently: S.2935-C: Referred to Senate Energy Committee (01/03/2024); A.4866-C: Referred to Assembly Energy Committee (01/03/2024)
    Support Memo (pdf)
     
  • Zero Emissions Generating Facilities: a false solution: S.2585-B (Parker)/A.6340 (Barrett)
  • Summary: An act to amend the public service law, in relation to establishing a program for eligible zero emissions energy systems.
    Currently: S.2585-A: Referred to Senate Energy Committee (01/03/2024); A.6340: Referred to Assembly Energy Committee (01/03/2024)
    Opposition Memo (pdf)
  • More on Sierra Club's position on hydrogren: Green the Grid and Electrify Everything: Memo of Support on the Series of Bills (pdf)
     
  • Undermining Climate Accounting: Changing Global Warming Potential from 20 year to 100 year timeframe: S.6030 (Parker)/A.6039 (Barrett)
  • Summary: An act to amend the environmental conservation law and the public service law, in relation to the state greenhouse gas emission accounting system.
    Currently: S.6030: Referred to Senate Environmental Conservation Committee (01/03/2024); A.6039: Referred to Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee (01/03/2024)
    Opposition Memo (pdf) 
     
  • Climate Superfund: S.2129-A (Krueger)/A.3351-A (Dinowitz)
  • Summary: Establishes the climate change adaptation cost recovery program and the climate change adaptation fund.
    Currently: S.2129-A: Referred to Senate Environmental Conservation Committee (01/03/2024); A.3351-A: Referred to Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee (01/03/2024)
    Support Memo (pdf) 
     
  • CO2 Fracking Ban: S.8357 (Webb)/A.8866 (Kelles)
  • Summary: Prohibits well permits from being issued to an applicant that uses carbon dioxide to complete or recomplete natural gas or oil resources.
    Currently: S.8357: Referred to Senate Environmental Conservation Committee (01/22/2024); A.8866: Currently on Environmental Conservation Committee Agenda for 02/13/2024
    Support Memo (pdf) 


Building Electrification

  • NY Home Energy Affordable Transition Act: S.2016-B (Krueger)/A.4592-B (Fahy)
  • Summary: Aligns utility regulation with state climate justice and emission reduction targets; repeals provisions relating to continuation of gas service; repeals provisions relating to the sale of indigenous natural gas for generation of electricity.
    Currently: S.2016-B: Reported and Committed to Finance (02/06/2024)A.4592-B: Amended and recommitted to Assembly Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Committee (01/16/2024)
    Support Memo (pdf)
     
  • Energy Efficiency Equity and Jobs Act: S.2469 (Parker)/A.2655 (Hunter)
  • Summary: Relates to establishing energy efficiency measures by the public service commission and the New York state energy research and development authority including requiring utilities to hire and train employees who are from priority populations or living in areas designated as environmental justice communities.
    Currently: S.2469: Referred to Senate Energy Committee (01/03/2024); A.2655: Referred to Assembly Energy Committee (01/03/2024)


Toxics:

  • Toxic Air Contaminants and the Community Benefit Fund: S.3328 (Fernandez)/A.7363 (Septimo)
  • Summary: Directs the department of environmental conservation to promulgate air quality standards for emissions of certain toxic air contaminants; establishes the community benefit fund.
    Currently: S.3328: Referred to Senate Environmental Conservation Committee (01/03/2024); A.7363: Referred to Assembly Ways and Means Committee (01/03/2024)
    Support Memo (pdf)
     
  • Updating Coal Tar Ban: S.1729 (Sanders)/A.1669 (Rosenthal)
  • Summary: Directs the department of environmental conservation to promulgate air quality standards for emissions of certain toxic air contaminants; establishes the community benefit fund.
    Currently: S.1729Referred to Senate Environmental Conservation Committee (01/03/2024); A.1669: Ordered to Third Reading (01/03/2024)
    Support Memo (pdf)
     
  • Personal Care Products: S.4265 (Webb)/A.6969 (Glick) 
  • Summary: Relates to the regulation of ingredients in personal care products to include chemicals of concern which shall be provided on lists identified by the commissioner. 
    Currently: S.4265: Referred to Senate Environmental Conservation Committee (01/03/2024); A.6969: Referred to Assembly Ways and Means (01/03/2024)
    Support Memo (pdf)
     
  • Ban on PFAS in Anti-Fogging Spray/Wipes: S.992-B (Hoylman-Sigal)/A.5363-B (Gallagher)* (*not currently same as)
  • Summary: Prohibits the sale and distribution of anti-fogging sprays and wipes containing perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances; provides penalties for violations.
    Currently: S.992-B: Advanced to Third Reading (02/07/2024); A.5363-B: Currently on Environmental Conservation Committee Agenda for 02/13/2024
    Support Memo (pdf)
     
  • Ban on PFAS in Menstrual Products: S.3529-A (Fernandez)/A.5990-A (Rosenthal)
  • Summary: Relates to the regulation of ingredients in menstrual products.
    Currently: S.3529-A: PASSED Senate (01/22/2024); A.5990-A: Advanced to Third Reading (01/18/2024)
    Support Memo (pdf)
     
  • Ban on Triclosan: S.5663 (Kennedy)
  • Summary: Prohibits the sale of cleaning products containing triclosan, triclocarban or derivatives of such antibacterial compounds.
    Currently: S.5663: Advanced to Third Reading (02/07/2024)
    Support Memo (pdf)
     
  • Codifying EO22 - Green Procurement: S.5180-A (Harckham)/A.4931-A (Epstein)
  • Summary: Directs state agencies to adopt a sustainability and decarbonization program; establishes a GreenNY council which will develop sustainable procurement specifications, issue operational directives and guidance for construction, issue a waste diversion plan template for agencies and provide agencies with information on reducing use of toxic substances; requires agencies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
    Currently: S.5180-A: Referred to Senate Procurement and Contracts Committee (01/03/2024); A.4931-A: Referred to Assembly Governmental Operations (01/03/2024)
    Support Memo (pdf)


Environmental Law:

  • Environmental Justice Requirements: S.2510-A (Ramos)/A.6584-A (Gallagher)
  • Summary: Relates to compliance with environmental justice requirements; the department of environmental conservation shall not accept as complete a draft environmental impact statement unless the applicant has prepared an enhanced public participation plan as required by the commissioner's policy twenty-nine, environmental justice and permitting.
    Currently: S.2510-A: Advanced to Third Reading (02/07/2024); A.6584-A: Referred to Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee (01/03/2024)
    Support Memo (pdf)
     
  • Fixing SEQRA Standing: S.567 (Kavanagh)/A.4287 (O'Donnell)
  • Summary: Prevents individuals from being denied standing in private actions alleging violations of the environmental quality review provisions of the environmental conservation law solely on the basis that the injury alleged by such individual does not differ in kind or degree from the injury that would be suffered by the public at large.
    Currently: S.567: Referred to Senate Environmental Conservation Committee (01/03/2024); A.4287: Referred to Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee (01/03/2024)
     
  • Citizen Suits: S.7913 (Parker)/A.1622 (Simon)
  • Summary: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to granting private citizens the right to initiate civil enforcement actions for violations of such law.
    Currently: S.7913: Referred to Senate Environmental Conservation Committee (01/03/2024); A.1622: Referred to Assembly Rules Committee (01/03/2024)
    Support Memo (pdf)


Plastic Pollution/Zero Waste:

  • Packaging Reduction & Recycling Infrastructure Act: S.4246-B (Harckham)/A.5322-B (Glick)
  • Summary: Enacts the "packaging reduction and recycling infrastructure act" to require companies selling, offering for sale, or distributing packaging materials and products to reduce consumer packaging, improve recycling and recycling infrastructure, including supporting reusable and refill infrastructure, financially support municipal recycling programs, reduce toxins in packaging and require producers of products to bear the onus for end of life solutions to product packaging
    Currently: S.4246-B: Amended and recommitted to Senate Environmental Conservation Committee (02/09/2024); A.5322-B: Currently on Environmental Conservation Committee Agenda for 02/13/2024
    Support Memo (pdf)
     
  • Fashion Sustainability and Social Accountability Act: S.4746 (Hoylman-Sigal)/A.4333-A (Kelles)* (*not currently same as)
  • Summary: Requires fashion sellers to be accountable to standardized environmental and social due diligence policies; establishes a fashion remediation fund for the purpose of implementing one or more environmental benefit projects or labor remediation projects that directly and verifiably benefit the workers and communities directly impacted, to the extent practicable, at the location the injury has occurred.
    Currently: S.4746: Referred to Senate Consumer Protection Committee (01/03/2024); A.4333-A: Referred to Assembly Consumer Affairs and Protection Committee (01/03/2024)
    Support Memo (pdf)
     
  • Expands Food Donation and Food Scraps Recycling Law: S.5331 (Harckham)/A.5906 (Shimsky)
  • Summary: Expands the food donation and food scraps recycling program by scaling down the annual average tonnage requirement every two years until 2027; removes exceptions regarding recycler capacity.
    Currently: S.5331: Referred to Senate Environmental Conservation Committee (01/03/2024); A.5906: Referred to Assembly Environmental Conservation (01/03/2024)
    Support Memo (pdf)
     
  • Rechargeable Battery Recycling : S.643-D (Kavanagh)/A.7339-B (Glick)
  • Summary: Relates to rechargeable battery recycling; adds a battery used as the principal electric power source for an electric scooter or bicycle with electric assist to the definition of "rechargeable battery"; allows a city with a population of one million or more to enforce through its own agencies.
    Currently: S.643-D: Referred to Senate Environmental Conservation Committee (01/03/2024); A.7339-B: Referred to Assembly Rules Committee (01/03/2024)
    Support Memo (pdf)


Transportation:

  • Electric Planes, Trains, & Ferries: S.2966 (Kavanagh)/A.2246 (Simon)
  • Summary: Requires certain watercraft, aircrafts, and trains to be zero emission; requires the study of certain clean energy sources; requires certain monetary incentives for clean energy vehicles.
    Currently: S.2966: Referred to Senate Energy Committee (01/03/2024); A.2246: Referred to Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee (01/03/2024)
    Support Memo (pdf)
     
  • Ride Clean Rebate: S.314 (Salazar)/A.275 (Carroll)
  • Summary: Directs the New York state energy and development authority to establish a ride clean rebate program for electric assist bicycles and electric scooters.
    Currently: S.314: Referred to Senate Energy Committee (01/03/2024); A.275: Referred to Assembly Energy Committee (01/03/2024)
    Support Memo (pdf)
     
  • Electrified Transportation Planning: S.489-A (Comrie)
  • Summary: Establishes a comprehensive electric vehicle fast charging station implementation plan; requires the New York state energy and research development authority to further establish a "Fast Charge NY working group" to develop such plan; makes related provisions.
    Currently: S.489-A: Referred to Senate Energy Committee (01/03/2024)
    Support Memo (pdf)
     
  • EV Infrastructure in Parking Lots: S.1736-C (Krueger)/A.3780-C (Fahy)
  • Summary: Requires electric vehicle charging stations and electric vehicle capable parking space.
    Currently: S.1736-C: Reported and Committed to Senate Energy Committee (01/09/2024); A.3780-C: Referred to Assembly Codes Committee (01/03/2024)
    Support Memo (pdf)
     

Wilderness/Wildlife/Parks:

  • Big Five African Trophy Ban: S.3302 (Sepulveda)/A.584 (L. Rosenthal)
  • Summary: Enacts the "Big Five African Trophies Act" relating to banning the importation, transportation and possession of certain African wildlife species and products.
    Currently: S.3302: Referred to Senate Environmental Conservation Committee (01/03/2024; A.584: Referred to Assembly Environmental Conservation (01/03/2024)
    Support Memo (pdf)
     
  • NYS Wildlife Crossing Act: S.4198-A (Comrie)/A.4243-A (Carroll)
  • Summary: Enacts the "New York wildlife crossing act"; directs the department of transportation to identify sites along all highways, thruways and parkways in the state where wildlife crossings are most needed to increase public safety and improve habitat connectivity and create a priority list of wildlife opportunity areas where federal grant monies may be available to implement the top five projects identified.
    Currently: S.4198-A: Advanced to Third Reading (02/07/2024)A.4243-A: Amended on Third Reading (02/05/2024)
    Support Memo (pdf)
     
  • Preserving the Nightitme Sky: S.583 (Hoylman-Sigal)/A.5632-A (Fahy)* (*not currently same as)
  • Summary: Regulates outdoor night lighting to preserve and enhance the state's dark sky.
    Currently: S.583: Referred to Senate Environmental Conservation (01/03/2024); A.5632-A: Referred to Assembly Codes Committee (01/03/2024)
    Support Memo (pdf)
     
  • Solar Car Ports in Parks/Parkland Alienation: S.1179 (Harckham)/A.7269 (Levenberg)
  • Summary: Provides an exemption from requirements for the alienation of parkland for renewable energy generating projects with a generating capacity not exceeding two megawatts and which are located above real property currently used for vehicle parking.
    Currently: S.1179: Advanced to Third Reading (01/22/2024); A.7269: Referred to Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee (01/03/2024)
    Support Memo (pdf)
     

Democracy/Voting Rights

  • The Voting Integrity and Verification Act of New York: S.6169-B (Cleare)/A.5934-B (Cunningham)
  • Summary: Enacts the "voting integrity and verification act of New York (VIVA NY)"; provides that each voter is entitled to the use of an individual, voter verifiable paper ballot of the voter's vote and the opportunity to mark it privately and independently.
  • Currently: S.6169-B: Amended and Recommitted to Senate Elections Committee (01/04/2024); A.5934-B: Referred to Assembly Election Law Committee (01/03/2024)
    Support Memo (pdf)
     

Additional Bills:

  • Fuel Oil: S.2994-A (Harckham)/A.4801 (Paulin)
  • Summary: would prohibit the use of #4 fuel oil after July 1, 2029.
  • Currently: S.2994-A: Referred to Senate Environmental Conservation Committee (01/03/2024)A.4801: Referred to Assembly Environmental Conservation (01/03/2024)
    Support Memo (pdf)
     
  • Radiation Monitoring Report: S.2103-B (Harckham)
  • Summary: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to directing the commissioner to publicly publish an annual report on the environmental radiation surveillance program.
  • Currently: S.2103-B: Amended and Recommitted to Senate Environmental Conservation Committee (01/08/2024)
    Support Memo (pdf)
     
  • Electric Landscaping Equipment Rebate: S.5853 (Krueger)/A.5681 (Otis)
  • Summary: Establishes the electric landscaping equipment rebate program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality, and reduce noise pollution by promoting the adoption of quieter, zero-emission landscaping equipment; provides for rebates at the point of sale for applicants purchasing or leasing certain equipment; provides for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof.
  • Currently: S.5853: Referred to Senate Energy Committee (01/03/2024)A.5681: Reported and referred to Assembly Ways and Means Committee (01/03/2024)
    Support Memo (pdf)