Environmental Health Legislation Database
The National Conference of State Legislatures tracks legislation that has been introduced, adopted and enacted relating to environmental health from the fifty states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. territories. Environmental health legislation addresses environmental factors that may adversely impact human health or the ecological balances essential to long-term human health and environmental quality, whether in the natural or man-made environment. The Environmental Health Legislation database is grouped into 12 topics:
- Body Art/Tattoo
- Children's Environmental Health
- Drinking Water
- Food Safety
- Indoor Air Quality (includes mold and radon)
- Pesticides (includes mosquito control)
- Swimming Pools
- Toxics and Chemicals (includes asbestos, lead, and mercury)
- Tracking, Surveillance, and Biomonitoring
- Water/Waste Water and
- Environmental Health Management
The Environmental Health Legislation Database identifies legislation related to these topic areas from introduction, through the legislative process, to adoption, to the Governor’s desk, to final enactment. The progress of each bill is updated twice monthly through the end of that state’s session.
Legislative Summaries: NCSL summarizes the environmental health bills and topics covered by the state legislatures at the end of state legislative sessions.
Legislative Totals: For the 2014 legislative sessions, the Environmental Health Database has identified 2518 bills from 46 states (Montana, Nevada, North Dakota and Texas did not schedule a regular session in 2014). In 2013, a total of 2276 bills were introduced in every state, DC and Puerto Rico, with 553 becoming enacted. In 2012, 1381 bills were introduced with 182 being enacted from the 46 states in session.
For a complete listing of legislative updates, please visit the environmental legislative updates or use the terms below for a more comprehensive, database-wide search.
Legislators and legislative staff are able to look up bill text via our Bill Information Services (BIS). All visitors to this site may click "Bill Text Lookup" next to each state to search for specific bills on state legislative web pages..
Carry-Over: Some bills may appear in both the 2014 and from 2013. Bills introduced in 2013 may be carried-over into the 2014 session; several bills in the 2014 database will have been introduced in 2013. All bills introduced in 2013 or 2014 will have died by January 1, 2015, with the exception of New Jersey, where bills introduced in 2014 may be carried-over to the 2015 session.
Please see our chart of enacted 2014 environmental health legislation below. Out of the 484 environmental health bills that were enacted this year, the legislation can be categorized in the following way: