2017 LEGISLATIVE SESSION – RESULTS
Listed below are all the bills we tracked during the 2017 legislative session. Many will be scored in our upcoming 2017 Environmental Scorecard.
Much of our efforts this year went to holding the line on attacks against the environment and building support among lawmakers for new initiatives. Advocates were strong and unified in blocking bills that would have weakened our state’s environmental protections or undercut investment in renewable energy. However, almost ALL major initiatives to make progress on various environmental programs went down, even the ones with strong bi-partisan support. There were very modest (but still hard-fought) wins.
All focus is now on the state budget, with high stakes for the environment.
GOOD BILLS THAT PASSED
Access to Water Planning Information (F.O.I.A.)
GOOD BILLS THAT FAILED
State Constitutional Amendment to Protect Open Space
BAD BILLS DEFEATED OR NEUTRALIZED
HB 5416- An act concerning the threshold for the department of energy and environmental protection's review of community water systems. - OPPOSE, PASSED ENV, REFERRED TO APP
ENV - Environment, ET - Energy and Technology, PH - Public Health, PD - Planning and Development, GAE - Government and Administration, TR - Transportation, CE - Commerce, KID - Children, JUD - Judiciary
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