Environment and Natural Resources State Bill Tracking Database


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The National Conference of State Legislatures tracks environment and natural resources bills that have been introduced in the 50 states, territories and Washington, D.C.

Environment and natural resources legislation broadly addresses air quality, disaster mitigation, environmental cleanup, land, wildlife, water, waste and recycling.

Database Notes

  • Bill information for the current year is updated each Tuesday. New measures are added as they are identified by NCSL staff. There may be a delay in adding all introduced bills for the current session.
  • You can search legislation for each year from 2009 to the present by state, topic, keyword, year, status or primary sponsor. Please note: Some issues were added to the database after 2009, so historical data may vary by issue area.
  • For legislation in related policy areas, see NCSL’s Environmental Health Database, Energy Database and Transportation Databases.
  • Bills may appear twice in carry over states. In these states, please check the last date of action to ensure the status of the bill reflects the appropriate year. 
  • Clicking on the bill number displays the full text of bills (for bills from 2015 and later).

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For faster performance, please use the fields below to filter your results. If you select nothing, the default search will pick up all topics and states in the most recent session year available. The full text of bills is available by clicking on the bill number. This feature is available for bills from 2015 and later.

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Explanation of Search Keywords

Legislation related to national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS), ground-level ozone and vehicle emissions (for legislation on methane emissions and emissions related to energy production, see the Energy Database).
Legislation related to state efforts to reduce the impact of natural disasters including building codes and land use - includes appropriations bills.
Legislation related to flood management and flood control. Includes select funding/financing bills.
Legislation related to tornadoes, hurricanes, nor'easters, and other high wind events.
Legislation related to the structural integrity of buildings, seismic hazard mapping and seismic safety (non-oil and gas related).
Legislation related to wildfire mitigation efforts – includes select financing/appropriations bills.
Legislation related to state environmental cleanup programs and activities, such as Superfund sites federal facilities, brownfields, oil spills, and hazardous waste management facilities with a spill or release. This tag does not include most bills specific to air pollutants or water cleanup.
Legislation related to the use and management of land, both generally and including the sub-categories below.
Legislation related to the creation, monitoring, enforcement and incentives for conservation easements—voluntary legal agreements between landowners and eligible organizations or government agencies that limit uses of land to protect certain values (environmental, historical, agricultural, etc.)
Legislation related to the health and management of forests, including carbon sequestration and storage, biomass, prescribed fire and the timber industry.
Legislation related to the use, management and administration of state parks systems. Also includes bills on state offices of outdoor recreation.
Legislation related to the collection, processing and management of solid waste, recyclables and organics, both generally and including the sub-categories below.
Legislation related to beverage container deposit programs sometimes referred to as “bottle bills.”
Legislation related to the decomposition of organic material, including food scraps and yard debris. Also includes bills prescribing other means to reduce food waste, such as donations, tax incentives and date labeling.
Legislation related to the recovery and recycling of used electronic equipment, including mobile phones, computers, televisions, etc.
Legislation related to the use of various plastics products, including bags (bans, fees, recycling), straws, polystyrene, and other packaging. Also includes bills on paper bags.
Legislation related to the disposal of consumer products, including prescription drugs, tires, batteries, mattresses, carpet, pharmaceuticals and paint.
Legislation related to the siting and disposal of radioactive waste, specifically, TRU waste, High-Level Radioactive Waste and Spent Nuclear Fuel.
Legislation related to efficient use of water resources by various users, such as industry, residential, state-owned facilities and agriculture. Bills address topics such as plumbing fixtures, rainwater harvesting, xeriscaping and other conservation approaches. See NCSL’s Environmental Health Database for drinking water, wastewater and other water policy bills.
Legislation related to state, regional and local water supply planning processes. These bills focus primarily on the quantity of water for various users and may address source water protection, infrastructure projects (i.e., reservoirs) and other broader supply topics. These bills do not relate to drinking water regulations. See NCSL’s Environmental Health Database for drinking water, wastewater and other water policy bills.
Legislation related to various protected and invasive species, pollinators, habitat restoration and wildlife trafficking. Does not include bills on hunting and fishing at this time.
Legislation related to non-native species that cause or are likely to cause harm to human health or the environment, including both plants and animals (aquatic and terrestrial).
Legislation related to animals (primarily insects) that fertilize flowering plants and crops. Includes bills to improve pollinator health through research, habitat protection, reducing pesticides, and support of the beekeeping industry.