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A01919 Summary:

Authorizes a study on implementing a greenhouse gas or carbon emissions fee or tax.
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A01919 Actions:

01/17/2017referred to ways and means
01/03/2018referred to ways and means
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A01919 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    January 17, 2017
        Introduced by M. of A. LIFTON -- read once and referred to the Committee
          on Ways and Means
        AN  ACT  authorizing  a study on implementing a greenhouse gas or carbon
          emissions fee or tax
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section  1.  1.  The  New  York  state energy research and development
     2  authority  (NYSERDA)  is  hereby  directed  to  prepare  a  report   for
     3  submission  to  the  environmental conservation committees of the Senate
     4  and Assembly related to  implementing  a  statewide  greenhouse  gas  or
     5  carbon  emission fee or tax (hereinafter a carbon fee or tax) related to
     6  assisting the state in reducing or eliminating such greenhouse gases.
     7    The report shall:
     8    (a) analyze the current and future environmental impact of  greenhouse
     9  emissions,  including carbon and methane, and the dangers posed to resi-
    10  dents for climate change;
    11    (b) analyze the potential environmental and  policy  benefits  derived
    12  from a carbon tax;
    13    (c)  identify an effective structure for a carbon fee or tax to gener-
    14  ate revenue;
    15    (d) evaluate the direct and indirect impact of a carbon fee or tax  on
    16  low-income households, consumers, industries and localities;
    17    (e)  evaluate the direct and indirect regional and statewide impact of
    18  a carbon fee or tax;
    19    (f) evaluate whether the level of greenhouse gas emissions  reductions
    20  might  vary  based  on different rates of a carbon fee or tax, including
    21  determining the minimum level of such fee or  tax  needed  to  ensure  a
    22  significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions;
    23    (g) evaluate how to treat imported and exported energy sources under a
    24  carbon fee or tax;
    25    (h) evaluate the impact of a carbon fee or tax on jobs and wages;
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

        A. 1919                             2
     1    (i) evaluate the impact of a carbon fee or tax on existing fees, state
     2  revenue  and  state  income taxes, including the regional greenhouse gas
     3  initiative;
     4    (j)  evaluate the per unit costs of specific types of fuels that would
     5  be subject to a carbon fee or tax; and
     6    (k) evaluate revenue allocation options, including assisting in  fund-
     7  ing  a transition to clean renewable energy, maximizing positive impacts
     8  and mitigating detrimental or unequal impacts on low and moderate income
     9  households, improving mass transit, implementing climate change  adapta-
    10  tion  measures such as making improvements in infrastructure, implement-
    11  ing agricultural adaptation measures, increasing protection of low-lying
    12  areas including coastlines, and enhancing emergency health  response  to
    13  extreme weather events.
    14    2.  NYSERDA  shall  submit  a  written preliminary report to the state
    15  legislature related to revenue and the environment on or before December
    16  1, 2018, and a final report on or before  March  1,  2019.  NYSERDA  may
    17  contract  with third parties as necessary to prepare the reports and any
    18  related recommendations.
    19    3. NYSERDA shall provide for public  input  in  the  study,  including
    20  holding  at  least  two  public  hearings  before  the  final  report is
    21  released.
    22    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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