From the home office on Hamilton Street in Albany, Environmental Advocates NY presents the Top 10 bills Governor Kathy Hochul should sign into law before the end of the year that will deliver much needed benefits and protections to our environment and communities:
Number 10: Pesticide-free summer camps would prohibit pesticide use on playgrounds, turf, and playing fields at children’s overnight camps. (A.528-A/S.4478-A)
Number 9: Improved pesticide reporting strengthens the existing pesticide reporting laws. (A.4596/S.4596)
Number 8: Stopping invasive species authorizes inspections of motorized watercraft for aquatic invasive species. (A.7735-A/S.7010-C)
Number 7: Stop the spread of toxic waste bans the spreading of liquid oil and gas waste on public roads. (A.903/S.355)
Number 6: Ending toxics in products would eliminate the use of dangerous chemical fire retardants in certain consumer goods. (A.5418-B/S.4630-B)
Number 5: Travel without plastic gets rid of small single-use plastic bottles in hotels. (A.5082/S.543)
Number 4: Getting the lead out of schools strengthens testing requirements for lead in school drinking water. (A.160-B/S.2122-A)
Number 3: Electric vehicle charging infrastructure will help speed the build-out of a fast-charging network. (A.3876/S.3929)
Number 2: Climate friendly farming would promote soil health research and practices. (A.5386-A/S.4722-A)
And the Number 1 bill Governor Hochul should sign by the end of the year is:
Number 1: Expanding drinking water testing creates New York’s first emerging contaminant testing list, which will ensure that all water utilities across the state monitor for potentially harmful chemicals. (A.126-A/S.1759-A)
“The countdown has begun — 24 days left in the year, 10 pieces of legislation that will protect New Yorker’s health and environment. We urge the Governor to sign these common sense bills as soon as they hit her desk,” said Kate Kurera, Deputy Director of Environmental Advocates NY.
With apologies to David Letterman.