A09856 Summary:

COSPNSRMosley, Bronson, Epstein, Dinowitz, Quart, Simon, Thiele
Add Art 19 Title 13 §§19-1301 - 19-1313, Art 74 §§74-0101 - 74-0103, En Con L; add Art 8-B §228, Art 25-D §§863 - 863-g, Lab L; add Art 8 Title 9-B §§1901 - 1922, Pub Auth L; add Art 42 §§3039 - 3047, Art 43 §§3050 - 3058, Tax L
Enacts the climate and community investment act; establishes the climate justice working group; establishes the worker and community assurance program; establishes the community just transition program; establishes the climate jobs and infrastructure program; imposes a fee on carbon based fuel sold, used or brought into the state by an applicable entity; establishes trust funds; establishes a rebate program.
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A09856 Actions:

02/20/2020referred to environmental conservation
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A09856 Committee Votes:

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A09856 Floor Votes:

There are no votes for this bill in this legislative session.
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A09856 Memo:

submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, the labor law, the public authorities law and the tax law, in relation to enacting the climate and community investment act   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Enacts the climate and community investment act. This act seeks to tran- sition NY to 1C0% renewable energy, create hundreds of thousands of jobs, protect workers currently in the fossil fuel industry and support the communities most impacted by climate change and pollution.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill establishes that the bill shall be cited as the Climate and Community Investment Act. Section 2 of the bill establishes legislative findings that climate change is adversely affecting economic well-being, public health, natural resources, and the environment of New York; and actions under- taken by New York to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will have an impact on the global greenhouse gas emission and the rate of climate change. Section 3 of the bill amends article 19 of the environmental conserva- tion law to add a new title 13 addressing air pollution pricing regard- ing methodology, and air pollutant price index, implementation of fees, allocation of revenues, inventory, transportation pollution and report- ing Section 4 of the bill amends the environmental conservation law to add article 74 which establishes a climate change working group Section 5 of the bill amends the labor law by adding article 8-b which establishes the labor and job standards and worker protection Section 6 of this bill amends the labor law adding article 25d which establishes the climate change just transition for impacted workers and community assurance Section 7 of this bill amends the public authorities law by adding a new title 9 b which establishes the climate change just transition Section 8 of this bill amends the tax law by adding articles 42 and 43 which establishes the climate pollution fee Section 9 of this bill establishes a severability clause submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III. Sec 1 Section 10 of this bill sets the effective date   JUSTIFICATION: It is paramount that New York accelerates its transition from fossil fuels to clean renewable energy, ensuring that our families breathe clean air and our economy works for all. We need to protect our fami- lies', health, create good local jobs, and invest in clean energy solutions by finally making big polluters pay for the emissions they are dumping into our atmosphere, which makes our communities sick and dangerously destabilizes our climate. To reach 100% clean renewable energy we must place direct investments to local and regional efforts across New York State to stimulate further emissions reductions and expand clean renewable and efficient energy infrastructure. We have to invest in our communities that have suffered from exposure to years of harmful emissions and economic divestment, and those on the front lines of climate impacts like extreme heat, rising sea levels, drought, super storms and extreme flooding. By setting a price for Greenhouse Gas emissions and co-pollutants that threaten our health corporate polluters will be incentivized to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and instead invest in cleaner technolo- gies and energy sources. Generating significant revenue to foster commu- nities abilities to forge their own ways in the new clean energy econo- my, helping them address local needs for energy and employment. As our energy systems change, with the closure of older plants and the scaling back of other sources of pollution it is imperative that we protect our workers as well as their host communities. It is vital that we provide support for local schools, government operations, economic development, ensuring pension payments, helping workers through support services and an income guarantee.   PRIOR LEGISLATION: 2017/2018: S7645 - Referred to Environmental Conservation   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Undetermined.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect one year after enactment.
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