5 takeaways from the energy, environment spending bills

House appropriators yesterday advanced legislation to increase energy and environment spending. The House Interior-EPA Appropriations Subcommittee approved legislation to provide $44.8 billion in fiscal 2023, a $6.8 billion increase over current dollars (E&E Daily, June 21). The Energy-Water Appropriations Subcommittee backed a $56.3 billion measure that means a $3.4 billionContinue Reading

Scott signs eight bills into law, vetoes environmental bill H606

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Scott today signed eight bills into law, including the natural burial bill. Scott also vetoed H.606, An act relating to community resilience and biodiversity protection. H.606, he said, is unnecessarily tied to – and unreasonably limited to – permanent protection. The ANR has repeatedly said that permanent preservation has not been,Continue Reading

A plastic bag in a tree, with red building in background

As New York state grapples with a plastic pollution crisis, legislators are taking aim at the problem with a new spate of policy proposals. Two bills introduced in the New York state assembly this month would place far-reaching requirements on plastic manufacturers, mandating that they pay for waste management andContinue Reading

Unique EPR bills advance in Hawaii, Colorado

Colorado’s Capitol building in Denver. | Joseph Sohm/Shutterstock Colorado and Hawaii are both working to pass extended producer responsibility bills this legislative session that are tailored to fit each state’s needs. A bill intended to match Colorado’s values Colarado’s House Bill 22-1355 passed out of the House Energy and EnvironmentContinue Reading

Maryland lawmakers passed bills on abortion, taxes, ‘ghost guns’ and the environment. Here’s a look at what’s becoming law. – Baltimore Sun

The 2022 Maryland General Assembly session was marked by a gradual return to a pre-pandemic normalcy, and by the shadow of elections shaken up in a battle over how to draw congressional district lines. That meant fewer struggles this year to broker debates over complex legislative issues via Zoom, andContinue Reading

Maryland lawmakers poised to pass environmental bills to increase inspections, ban chemicals, invest in conservation – Baltimore Sun

After receiving criticism in recent years for a lack of environmental action, Maryland lawmakers are poised to pass bills to promote private investment in conservation projects, ban use of a dangerous class of chemicals and hire more inspectors to enforce state environmental laws. Legislators and advocacy groups attributed the actionContinue Reading