Assembly Actions -
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jan 04, 2023||
referred to consumer protection
Senate Bill S212
2023-2024 Legislative Session
Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Consumer Protection Committee
- In Committee Assembly
- On Floor Calendar Assembly
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed By Governor
2023-S212 (ACTIVE) - Details
2023-S212 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S212 Revised 4/13/23 SPONSOR: MYRIE TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the general business law, in relation to creating climate negligence for dangers to safety and health caused by certain fossil fuel related activities PURPOSE: To create climate negligence for dangers to safety and health caused by certain fossil fuel-related activities. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 contains legislative findings and intent. Section 2 amends the general business law, adding a new article 20-B. Article 20-B:
2023-S212 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 212 2023-2024 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E (PREFILED) January 4, 2023 ___________ Introduced by Sen. MYRIE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Consumer Protection AN ACT to amend the general business law, in relation to creating climate negligence for dangers to safety and health caused by certain fossil fuel related activities THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The legislature finds that the consequences of a changing climate directly impact New York state. Around the world thousands of scientific studies have documented changes in air and water temper- atures, melting glaciers, diminishing snow cover, shrinking sea ice, rising sea levels, ocean acidification, and increasing atmospheric water vapor. Warming trends and incidences of intense heat waves will contribute to greater localized heat stresses; heavy rainfall events that exacerbate localized flooding will continue to impact food production, natural ecosystems, and water resources; and sea-level rise will increasingly threaten sensitive coastal communities and ecosystems. Climate change is adversely affecting New York's economic well-being, public health, natural resources, and environment. To achieve the goals of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (hereinafter the "Climate Act") that include 70% renewa- ble electricity by 2030, 100% zero-emission electricity by 2040, a 40% reduction in statewide GHG emissions from 1990 levels by 2030, an 85% reduction in statewide GHG emissions from 1990 levels by 2050, and net zero emissions statewide by 2050, the New York State Climate Action Council (the "Council") determined in its Scoping Plan for the Climate Act that "[i]t is imperative that New York take immediate action to aggressively reduce GHG emissions as well as invest in resiliency meas- ures." The cost of not taking immediate and aggressive action, according to the Council, is approximately $115 billion dollars. The public health impacts of GHG and co-pollutant emissions are simi- larly devastating. Increased heat stress (such as heat edema, heat stroke, heat cramps, heat stress, and dehydration) and other heat-relat-
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