senate Bill S8877

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Relates to enacting the SIGH act to prohibit the construction of new schools near a major roadway and includes certain schools in environmental impact statements for the construction of a major roadway

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Aug 05, 2020 referred to rules

S8877 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Senate Rules
Law Section:
Highway Law
Laws Affected:
Add §67, Hway L; amd §8-0109, En Con L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2021-2022: S922, A5735
2023-2024: A3287

S8877 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Enacts the "schools impacted by gross highways (SIGH) act"; prohibits the construction of new schools within six hundred feet of a major roadway; includes certain schools in environmental impact statements for the construction of a major roadway.

S8877 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S8877 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
                             I N  S E N A T E
                              August 5, 2020
 Introduced  by  Sen.  MAY  --  read  twice and ordered printed, and when
   printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules
 AN ACT to amend the highway law, in relation to  enacting  the  "schools
   impacted by gross highways (SIGH) act"; and to amend the environmental
   conservation law, in relation to including certain schools in environ-
   mental impact statements for the construction of a major roadway

   Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited  as  the  "schools
 impacted by gross highways (SIGH) act".
   §  2.  Legislative findings and intent.  The purpose of this act is to
 address the disproportionate impact of environmental  hazards  on  Black
 and Brown communities, specifically to protect children and young adults
 from  the  health risks associated with long-term exposure to pollutants
 which derive from living and attending  school  in  close  proximity  to
 major  roadways and highway projects. Traffic is one of the most signif-
 icant sources of air pollution in both the  indoor  and  outdoor  school
   Pollutants  directly  emitted from cars, trucks, and other motor vehi-
 cles are found in higher concentrations near major roads, with the high-
 est levels within the first five hundred (500)  feet  of  a  roadway  --
 children  who attend schools near roadways have increased risks of expo-
 sure and the detrimental health impacts therefrom. Children who  experi-
 ence  consistent exposure to air pollution have increased risks of asth-
 ma, chronic respiratory issues, reduced  lung  function,  cardiovascular
 effects, and neurobehavioral dysfunction. These effects are long-lasting
 and contribute to changes in overall school performance for students.
   In addition to the health effects caused by air pollution, major road-
 ways  create  a  considerable  amount  of  noise pollution. Children are
 particularly susceptible to the effects of loud, constant  noise,  which
 comes  from  close proximity to highways. This often causes trouble with
 tasks at school -- reading attention,  problem-solving  and  memory  are
 most affected.
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.


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