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March 29, 2010

Environmental Reporters: Track Legislation in Your State

NCSL updates its environmental health database.

Restricting the spraying of pesticides near schools, encouraging recycling of mercury-containing fluorescent lamps, and curbing the use of chemicals in children’s toys are among the many proposals that state legislatures are considering in 2010. 

The National Conference of State Legislatures has continued to update its Environmental Health Legislation Database on the organization's website. Since 2008, NCSL has tracked dozens of environmental health bills that are introduced and acted upon each year in statehouses across the nation.

So far during the 2010 legislative session, more than 1,400 environmental health bills have been introduced or carried over from the 2009 legislative sessions.  More are introduced each week. 

NCSL’s Environmental Health Legislation Database can help you track what bills are being introduced on children’s environmental health, asthma, asbestos, indoor air quality, chemicals and other areas where environmental factors can influence human health. 

Available to state legislators and the public, the searchable database provides summaries of the text of each bill and when it was last acted upon by the legislature. For further information or assistance, please contact NCSL's press room.


NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.