assembly Bill A9856

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Enacts the climate and community investment act

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Feb 20, 2020 referred to environmental conservation


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A9856 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Assembly Environmental Conservation
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 19 Title 13 §§19-1301 - 19-1313, Art 74 §§74-0101 - 74-0103, En Con L; add Art 8-B §228, Art 25-D §§863 - 863-g, Lab L; add Art 8 Title 9-B §§1901 - 1922, Pub Auth L; add Art 42 §§3039 - 3047, Art 43 §§3050 - 3058, Tax L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2017-2018: S7645
2021-2022: S4264

A9856 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Enacts the climate and community investment act; establishes the climate justice working group; establishes the worker and community assurance program; establishes the community just transition program (view more) establishes the climate jobs and infrastructure program; imposes a fee on carbon based fuel sold, used or brought into the state by an applicable entity; establishes trust funds; establishes a rebate program.

A9856 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
                           I N  A S S E M B L Y
                             February 20, 2020
 Introduced by M. of A. CAHILL -- read once and referred to the Committee
   on Environmental Conservation
 AN  ACT  to amend the environmental conservation law, the labor law, the
   public authorities law and the tax law, in relation  to  enacting  the
   climate and community investment act
   Section 1. Short title. This act shall be known and may  be  cited  as
 the "climate and community investment act".
   §  2. Legislative findings and declaration.  The legislature finds and
 declares that:
   1. Climate change is adversely affecting economic  well-being,  public
 health,  natural resources, and the environment of New York. The adverse
 impacts of climate change include:
   (a) an increase in the  severity  and  frequency  of  extreme  weather
 events, such as storms, flooding, and heat waves, which can cause direct
 injury  or  death, property damage, and ecological damage (e.g., through
 the release of hazardous substances into the environment);
   (b) rising sea levels, which exacerbate damage from storm  surges  and
 flooding,  contribute  to  coastal  erosion and saltwater intrusion, and
 inundate low-lying areas, leading to the displacement of  or  damage  to
 coastal habitat, property, and infrastructure;
   (c) a decline in freshwater and saltwater fish populations;
   (d)  increased average temperatures, which increase the demand for air
 conditioning and refrigeration among residents and businesses;
   (e) exacerbation of air pollution; and
   (f) an increase in  the  incidences  of  infectious  diseases,  asthma
 attacks, heart attacks, and other negative health outcomes.
   2.  The  adverse  impacts  of  climate change are having a detrimental
 effect on some of New York's largest industries, including  agriculture,
 commercial  shipping, forestry, tourism, and recreational and commercial
 fishing. These impacts also place  additional  strain  on  the  physical
 infrastructure  that  delivers  critical services to the citizens of New

  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.