Legislation Update – June 2013

NY State Legislature—Any Hope for End-of-Session Action?—The state legislature is scheduled to adjourn on June 20, and several important environmental bills are still pending, most awaiting State Senate action. As NYers know, there is usually a last-minute flurry of activity at the end of the session, where any significant progress comes about. At times, the […]

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Legislation Update – May 2013

Campaign and lobbying reform in Albany—a green issue? There has been much discussion this legislative session regarding campaign reform—including limiting donations to candidates—and putting caps on lobbying of legislators. This has rarely been viewed as an environmental issue, but this year a broad coalition of environmental and public interest groups known as the Green Panel […]

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Legislation Update – April 2013

April 2013 Moratorium on fracking debated in Albany — Legislation to place a two-year moratorium on hydrofracked gas drilling in NY State was approved overwhelmingly by the State Assembly in March. This pause would allow for full, unbiased health assessment of the impacts of hydrofracking before the state decides on whether to allow this dangerous […]

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Legislation Update – March 2013

March 2013 Good news on rodent poisons — Readers of the Jan-Feb issue of Audubon magazine saw an article by Ted Williams on the ravages of rodenticides on raptors and other predators who fed on poisoned mice and rats. By feeding on dead or dying rodents, birds, foxes, coyotes, fishers, and even pets pick up […]

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Legislation Update – February 2013

February 2013 DOAS submits comments on hydrofracking regulations — In the latest official action on the issue of hydraulic fracturing gas drilling in NY State, the Department of Environmental Conservation recently took public comments on their draft regulations for permitting this activity. DOAS was among many organizations and citizens submitting comments calling the regulations flawed, […]

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