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NRI COMMITTEE SESSIONS FOR FALL FORUM

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

 

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BALLOT RESULTS

ballot boxWhile a Republican wave across state legislatures was determined by voters on Nov. 4, 2014, there were varying outcomes for hunting ballot measures across the states. Other environment-related ballot measures decided addressed land, water or coastal conservation efforts.

 

 
 
 

HEALTHY HOUSING STATE POLICIES

webinar logoThis webinar will discuss the impacts of housing policy on the public’s health, with a review of healthy housing concerns, the limited federal requirements, various state and local provisions related to healthy housing, and efforts to refine codes to better protect public health needs. 

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POLLINATOR HEALTH

HoneybeeHoneybees and other pollinators are vital to ecological health and stability, the food system and our national economy. Given the dependence on pollinators for crop production, reduced pollinator populations are an important and growing concern for state legislatures.

 

 

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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 environment and natural resources legislation in the Energy & Environment Legislation Database and the Environmental Health Legislation Database. These databases cover legislation from the 2009-2015 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 Plastic and Paper Bag Legislation

    This page contains information about current trends in state plastic and paper bag legislation. In August 2014, California became the first state legislature to enact legislation imposing a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at large retail stores and Governor Brown signed the bill into law on Sept. 30.

  • 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.

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