|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Mar 12, 2012||committee discharged and committed to rules|
|Mar 08, 2012||notice of committee consideration - requested|
|Jan 04, 2012||referred to environmental conservation|
|Jan 14, 2011||referred to environmental conservation|
senate Bill S1973
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Committee
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- Passed Senate
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- Delivered to Governor
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S1973 - Details
S1973 - Summary
Declares a policy of equal treatment of people of all races, cultures, religions, incomes, education levels and sexual preference in the development and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations and policies.
S1973 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S1973 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to declaring a policy of equal treatment in the development and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations and policies PURPOSE: Development and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations and policies. This bill will ensure that the environmental philosophy and policy which guides the State of New York provides environmental justice for all people. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Bill §1 amends the declaration of policy statement in §1-0101(1) of the Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) to ensure that all people, regardless of race, culture, national origin, income or community of residence, shall be treated equally with respect to development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies, and should be free from any disproportionate exposure or risk of exposure to pollution and from the cumulative negative impacts resulting from over-concentration of polluted sites or regulated environmental facilities, nor should people be deprived of locally accessible open
S1973 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 1973 2011-2012 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E January 14, 2011 ___________ Introduced by Sen. GIANARIS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Environmental Conservation AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to declaring a policy of equal treatment in the development and enforce- ment of environmental laws, regulations and policies THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The opening paragraph of subdivision 1 of section 1-0101 of the environmental conservation law is designated paragraph a and a new paragraph b is added to read as follows: B. IT IS FURTHER THE POLICY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK THAT ALL PEOPLE, REGARDLESS OF RACE, CULTURE, NATIONAL ORIGIN, INCOME OR COMMUNITY OF RESIDENCE, SHALL BE TREATED EQUALLY WITH RESPECT TO THE DEVELOPMENT, IMPLEMENTATION AND ENFORCEMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS, REGULATIONS AND POLICIES. IT IS A BASIC RIGHT OF ALL NEW YORKERS TO LIVE AND WORK IN SAFE, HEALTHFUL, PRODUCTIVE AND AESTHETICALLY AND CULTURALLY PLEASING SURROUNDINGS. THIS POLICY OF ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE IS BASED ON THE CONCEPT OF FUNDAMENTAL FAIRNESS THAT ALL PEOPLE SHOULD BE FREE FROM ANY DISPROPORTIONATE EXPOSURE OR RISK OF EXPOSURE TO POLLUTION, AND FROM THE CUMULATIVE NEGATIVE IMPACTS RESULTING FROM THE DISPARATE CONCENTRATION OF POLLUTED SITES OR ENVIRONMENTAL FACILITIES LICENSED, REGULATED OR APPROVED BY STATE AGENCIES, NOR SHOULD PEOPLE BE DEPRIVED OF LOCALLY ACCESSIBLE OPEN SPACE OR OTHER ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS DUE TO LACK OF POLITICAL OR ECONOMIC STRENGTH. S 2. The opening paragraph of subdivision 3 of section 1-0101 of the environmental conservation law is amended to read as follows: It shall further be the policy of the state to foster, promote, create and maintain conditions under which [man] PEOPLE and nature can thrive in harmony with each other, and achieve social, economic and technolog- ical progress for present and future generations by: S 3. This act shall take effect immediately. EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD04809-01-1
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