Environment and Natural Resources


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Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

President Biden signed the bipartisan $1.2 Trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law on Nov. 15, 2021. The bill was approved by House on Nov. 5 and in the Senate in August 2021. Click to see the highlights of the bill.


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Food Safety

While state legislators work on a variety of issues related to food, one of the foremost concerns is food safety. In recent years, legislatures have reviewed many aspects of food safety, from the adoption of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) food code to state implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act. From 2018 to 2021, states introduced thousands of bills related to food and food safety, reflecting states’ interest in providing oversight and increasing public safety.  



Environment and Natural Resources


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State and Federal Efforts to Address Lead in Drinking Water

This page provides an overview of state and federal efforts to address lead in drinking water, including a summary of the newly revised Lead and Copper Rule, various funding and financing programs, and state laws related to lead service line replacement, lead in schools, real estate disclosure, and more.


New! Environment and Natural Resources Launches Newsletter

NCSL is proud to announce the Environment and Natural Resources newsletter is now available. Delivered directly to your Inbox, this quarterly newsletter spotlights environmental policy research, news and trends. This is the latest addition to NCSL’s policy newsletter family. Subscribe today.


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Natural Resources and Infrastructure

The Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee is one of eight committees educating Congress and federal agencies about state concerns and serving as a forum for state legislators and legislative staff. This committee has jurisdiction over state and federal energy, environment, agriculture and transportation programs, legislation, regulations and policies.


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Environment and Natural Resources State Bill Tracking

The NCSL Environment and Natural Resources Bill Tracking Database features state legislation relating to air quality, disaster mitigation, environmental cleanup, land-forests, waste and recycling, and water conservation and efficiency.




Environmental Health State Bill Tracking 

NCSL tracks state environment and natural resources legislation in the Environmental Health Legislation Database, covering 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.