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FOOD SAFETY MODERNIZATION ACT

NCSL you Tube imageMike Taylor of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration discusses the state-federal relationship of the Food Safety Modernization Act.

 

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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.

 

 

WATER-EFFICIENT PLUMBING FIXTURES

shower headStates 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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SUMMIT SESSIONS ON ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES

2014 Summit logoHere are all the session resources that happened at this year’s Summit in Minneapolis.

 

 

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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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  • 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. For example, the production of one desktop computer takes at least 530 pounds of fossil fuels, 48 pounds of chemicals, and 1.5 tons of water. Cell phones are al

  • 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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