NCEL members in Rhode Island introduced H 5369 on February 2nd to tax carbon dioxide in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The bill includes a trigger clause that neighboring states must enact similar policies for the legislation to go into effect, and NCEL is working to support legislators in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont and […]
This session, the Colorado State Legislature passed a bill to establish a public lands day in the state. The bill was sponsored by State Senator Kerry Donovan, and passed on May 11, 2016. Recent years have seen increased pressure from anti-environmental groups to force a shift of ownership or control of public lands from the […]
In the U.S., up to 1.5 million wildlife/vehicle accidents occur every year, resulting in over 200 human deaths, 29,000 human injuries, and $4.8 billion in insurance industry losses. This session, the New Hampshire State Legislature passed a bill to study to identify and report on existing and needed wildlife corridors and wildlife crossings across highways […]
Legislators, parents and firefighters joined together in Connecticut for a press conference last week on the toxicity of flame retardant chemicals. These additives were introduced in the 1970s to prevent the spread of fires, but have since been linked to increases in cancer. “They are toxic to our fire fighters and incredibly toxic to our […]
Voters in Washington state banned ivory sales as well as products from ten endangered species when they passed the Washington Animal Trafficking Initiative 1401 (I-1401) last month. The ballot measures means Washington now joins California, New Jersey and New York as the only states that have restrictions on the trade of exotic wildlife parts such […]
State legislators in California have passed the strongest legislation addressing plastic microbead pollution. The bill, AB 888, was officially signed into law by Governor Brown on October 8, 2015. Microbeads are tiny pieces of plastic commonly used as exfoliants in personal care products like soap. The beads commonly evade water treatment plants, and pollute waterways. […]
Rep. Urban Greening Our Children award release May 2014
State legislators in at least 30 states plan to protect public health by introducing legislation during the 2011 legislative sessions to better regulate toxic chemicals found in children’s products and everyday household items.