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NRI COMMITTEE SESSIONS FOR FALL FORUM

2014 Fall Forum logoTake a moment to view all of the NCSL Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee sessions at the 2014 Fall Forum in Washington, D.C. this December.

 

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BAG REDUCTION AND RECYCLING

Plastic bagStates continue to consider strategies to reduce the number of plastic carry-out bags from grocery stores and other retail outlets. Some states are targeting paper bags as well. Regulating bags can mitigate harmful impacts to oceans, rivers, lakes and the wildlife that inhabit them. Reducing bag use can also relieve pressure on landfills and waste management.

 

 

ELECTRONIC WASTE RECYCLING

State Legislation that addresses E-Waste recycling. Used electronics make up a relatively small percentage of the overall waste stream, but their disposal is a source of concern: the production of electronic devices requires a significant amount of resources – metals, plastics and glass – many of which can be recovered through recycling.

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NRI COMMITTEE AND CONGRESS

A list with links to the letters NCSL NRI Committee has submitted to Congress. Some additional testimony may be added. 

 

 

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OVERVIEW | ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES

NCSL’s environment and natural resources program provides research and analysis on important state policy trends to assist legislators and legislative staff. We track issues in seven major categories: climate change and air quality, environmental health, healthy communities, land use, natural resources, waste management and water. 

Contact NCSL staff for information about our work on these issues or to arrange for customized technical assistance in your state, which can include briefings on state policy trends, in-depth research and meeting facilitation.

 

STANDING COMMITTEE

The Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee is one of eight that educates Congress and federal agencies about state concerns and serves as a forum for state legislators and legislative staff. In particular, this committee has jurisdiction over state and federal energy, environment, agriculture and transportation programs, legislation, regulations and policies.

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DATABASES

NCSL tracks state legislation on energy, environmental health and the environment. These databases cover legislation from the 2009-2013 legislative sessions from the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Each database is searchable by keyword, year, state, topic, bill number and status.

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  • State Beverage Container Deposit Laws

    Beverage container deposit laws, or bottle bills, are designed to reduce litter and capture bottles, cans, and other containers for recycling. Ten states and Guam have a deposit-refund system for beverage containers. Deposit amounts vary from two cents to 15 cents, depending on the type of beverage and volume of the container.

  • Water-Efficient Plumbing Fixtures

    States have passed legislation to mandate flow rate standards for water-efficient plumbing fixtures including toilets, urinals, faucets and showerheads. The standards can apply to the manufacture, sale or installation of these fixtures.

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