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2015 NEW YORK STATE LEGISLATIVE AGENDA

CCE works to advance legislation that will protect our natural environment and public health, while working to oppose legislation that will have an adverse impact on our shared environment. The New York State Legislative Session occupies the first six months of each year. Below is a list of proposed legislation and budget items that CCE will be working to advance in the 2015 New York State legislative session.

Legislation

Microbead-Free Waters Act (S.3932 – O'Mara/A.5896 – Schimel)

Phases out plastic microbeads in cosmetic products.
CCE's Memo of Support for Cosmetic Microbead Prohibition

Solar Rights for Homeowners (A.6878 – Galef)

Prohibits Homeowners Associations from banning solar panels.
CCE's Memo of Support for Solar Rights for Homeowners

Closing the Hazardous Waste Loophole (A.6859 – Englebright/S.884 – Avella)

Requires that waste generated from oil and gas activities be tested for hazardous materials.
CCE's Memo of Support for Closing the Hazardous Waste Loophole

Energy Star State Grants (S.3034 – Hoylman/A. 664 – Hevesi)

Requires capital improvement funds be used for energy efficiency.
CCE's Memo of Support for Energy Star Grants

Coal Tar Sealant Prohibition (A.418 – Rosenthal/ S.2595A – Marcellino)

Bans coal tar sealants from pavement products.
CCE's Memo of Support for Coal Tar Sealant Ban

Plastic Pollution in New York's Waters (S.4403A – O'Mara)

Allows so-called biodegradable microbeads to be used in personal care products.
CCE's Memo of Opposition to Plastic Pollution in New York's Waters

Child Safe Products

Regulates toxic chemicals in children's products.
CCE's Memo of Support for Child Safe Products

Paint Stewardship

Establishes statewide paint stewardship program.
CCE's Memo of Support for Paint Stewardship Program

Budget

$2 Million for Stream Gages in New York State

Urges New York State to allocate funding for stream gages in the SFY 15-16 budget.
CCE's Memo of Support for Stream Gages

$1 Million for take-back programs in NY - Pharmaceutical Take Back Program

Urges New York State to expand its existing hospital and healthcare pharmaceutical take back program to apply statewide. 
CCE's Memo of Support on Pharmaceutical Take Back Program

$500,000 for Sewage Right to Know Implementation

Urges New York State to assist municipalities in improving their technology for sewage overflow reporting.
CCE's Memo of Support for Sewage Right to Know Implementation Funding

CCE's 2015 budget memo

CCE's testimony on the budget delivered by Director of Government Relations William Cooke on January 28, 2015

Updated by seckel 6/1/15