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VOTING RECORDS: ENVIRONMENT
HOW A BILL BECOMES A LAW IN NEW YORK CITY?

When a bill (called an "Intro" in the City Council) is introduced, it is sent to one of 27 council committees for consideration. The chair of the committee decides whether or not to hold a hearing on the measure; at a hearing, the council listens to debate and testimony. The chair then can call for a vote on the measure. A majority of the committee members must vote in favor of an Intro for it to pass. If the chair chooses not hold a hearing or to not call a vote, the bill can sit indefinitely with no action taken.

Once a bill passes out of committee, it is sent to the full council. If passed by a majority (at least 26 of the 51 council members), the bill is sent to the mayor, who can also hold a public hearing. The mayor then must choose to sign or veto the bill. If the mayor signs the bill, it becomes a local law. If the mayor vetoes the bill, he or she must return it to the council at the next scheduled council meeting. The City Council has 30 days to override the mayoral veto by a two-thirds majority. In this event, the bill becomes a local law.

If the mayor does not sign or veto a bill within 30 days after receiving it from the council, it is considered approved.

Read more about the environment on Gotham Gazette.

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LAWS PASSED IN 2002
BILLS PENDING


LAWS PASSED IN 2002

TEMPORARY RECYCLING TASK FORCE (Intro 325A) The Temporary Task Force on Recycling¹s mission is to develop a long-term recycling plan for the city. This legislation extends the deadline for the Task Force to present a report from December 15, 2002 to February 21, 2003.

SPONSORING MEMBERS: Council Members McMahon, Comrie, Nelson, Recchia, Reyna and Weprin (in conjunction with the mayor).

COUNCIL VOTE:
49 for, 0 against, 2 absent
Approved by the council December 4, 2002
Signed by mayor December 20, 2002

YES: Joseph Addabbo, Jr., Tony Avella, Maria Baez, Charles Barron, Tracy Boyland, Gale Brewer, Yvette Clarke, Leroy Comrie, James Davis, Bill DeBlasio, Ruben Diaz, Erik Dilan, Simcha Felder, Lewis Fidler, Helen Foster, Dennis Gallagher, James Gennaro, Eric Gioia, Martin Golden, Sarah Gonzalez, Robert Jackson, Allan Jennings, Melinda Katz, Andrew Lanza, Margarita Lopez, John Liu, Miguel Martinez, Michael McMahon, Gifford Miller, Hiram Monserrate, Eva Moskowitz, Michael Nelson, James Oddo, Bill Perkins, Madeline Provenzano, Christine Quinn, Domenic Recchia, Philip Reed, Diana Reyna, Joel Rivera, James Sanders, Larry Seabrook, Helen Sears, Jose Serrano, Kendall Stewart, Peter Vallone, Jr., Albert Vann, David Weprin, David Yassky.

ABSENT: Alan Gerson, G. Oliver Koppell

ENERGY EFFICIENCY (Intro 156)
This legislation would require the city to purchase supplies marked with the Energy Star label whenever possible. Such products -- like light bulbs -- generally use half as much energy as regular products.

SPONSORING MEMBERS: By The Speaker Gifford Miller Joseph Addabbo, Gale Brewer, Leroy Comrie, Bill DeBlasio, Ruben Diaz, James Gennaro, Alan Gerson, Oliver Koppell, Miguel Martinez, Hiram Monserrate, Michael Nelson, Bill Perkins, Christine Quinn, Diana Reyna, James Sanders, Larry Seabrook, Peter Vallone and John Liu.

COUNCIL VOTE: 45 for, 4 against, 2 absent
Passed by Council September 12, 2002
Vetoed by mayor October 9, 2002
Overridden by council November 20, 2002

YES: Joseph Addabbo, Jr., Tony Avella, Maria Baez, Charles Barron, Tracy Boyland, Gale Brewer, Yvette Clarke, Leroy Comrie, James Davis, Bill DeBlasio, Ruben Diaz, Erik Dilan, Simcha Felder, Lewis Fidler, James Gennaro, Alan Gerson, Eric Gioia, Robert Jackson, Allan Jennings, Melinda Katz, G. Oliver Koppell, John Liu, Margarita Lopez, Miguel Martinez, Michael McMahon, Gifford Miller, Hiram Monserrate, Eva Moskowitz, Michael Nelson, , Bill Perkins, Christine Quinn, Domenic Recchia, Diana Reyna, Joel Rivera, Angel Rodriguez, James Sanders, Larry Seabrook, Helen Sears, Jose Serrano, Peter Vallone, Jr., Albert Vann, David Weprin, David Yassky

NO: Dennis Gallagher, Andrew Lanza, James Oddo, Madeline Provenzano

ABSTAINED: Kendall Stewart, Madeline Provenzano.

ABSENT: Martin J. Golden, Philip Reed.


SUSPEND RECYCLING OF GLASS AND PLASTIC (Intro 201A)
In order to cut $40 million from the city budget, this measure suspends plastic recycling for a year and glass recycling for two years; paper and metal recycling continue. The mayor and City Council promised to come up with new recycling plans for the future. (Read more about this issue in Gotham Gazette).

SPONSORING MEMBERS: Council members Michael McMahon and Kendall Stewart (at the request of the mayor); and Councilmember Leroy Comrie.

COUNCIL VOTE: 49 for, 1 against, 0 abstaining
Passed by council June 21, 2002
Signed by mayor July 1, 2002

YES: Joseph Addabbo, Jr., Tony Avella, Maria Baez, Charles Barron, Tracy Boyland, Gale Brewer, Yvette Clarke, Leroy Comrie, James Davis, Bill DeBlasio, Ruben Diaz, Erik Dilan, Simcha Felder, Lewis Fidler, Helen Foster, Dennis Gallagher, James Gennaro, Alan Gerson, Eric Gioia, Martin Golden, Robert Jackson, Allan Jennings, Melinda Katz, G. Oliver Koppell, Andrew Lanza, John Liu, Miguel Martinez, Michael McMahon, Gifford Miller, Hiram Monserrate, Michael Nelson, James Oddo, Bill Perkins, Madeline Provenzano, Christine Quinn, Domenic Recchia, Philip Reed, Diana Reyna, Joel Rivera, Angel Rodriguez, James Sanders, Larry Seabrook, Helen Sears, Jose Serrano, Kendall Stewart, Peter Vallone, Jr., Albert Vann, David Weprin, David Yassky.

NO: Margarita Lopez

ABSENT: Eva Moskowitz


BILLS PENDING

REGULATING POWER PLANT EMISSIONS (Intro 30)
This legislation would require New York City's power plants to greatly reduce carbon dioxide emissions or face stiff fines. The law would be the first of its kind among any local municipality to regulate CO2 emissions.

SPONSORING MEMBERS: Council members Peter Vallone, Jr., Michael Nelson, Philip Reed, James Gennaro, Leroy Comrie, Alan Gerson, Diana Reyna, James Sanders Jr., Jose Serrano, David Weprin, Dennis Gallagher, Andrew Lanza and James Oddo; also council members Eric Gioia and Helen Sears.

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ECOLOGICALLY CONSCIOUS BUILDING MATERIALS (Intro 108)
This bill would require the city to investigate the origins of the wood it uses in construction projects to ensure that it is not using lumber from endangered areas like tropical rain forests. Legislation already exists at the state and local level to encourage ecologically sound forestry through government wood contracts, but this bill would create a record-keeping system that would trace lumber to its forest of origin. The city would be required to purchase wood only from responsibly managed forests.

SPONSORING MEMBERS: The Speaker (Councilmember Gifford Miller) and council members Joseph Addabbo, Gale Brewer, Ruben Diaz, Bill DeBlasio, Robert Jackson, Oliver Koppell, Hiram Monserrate, Michael Nelson, Bill Perkins, Christine Quinn, Diana Reyna and Kendall Stewart; and council members James Gennaro, Dominic Recchia and James Sanders.

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INFORMATION ON HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS (Intro 47)
This bill would establish a coordinated on-line database on the storage and handling of hazardous substances in the city. Government officials and the public could access information regarding petroleum or chemical pipelines, the companies who own them, and any chemical accident reports received by the fire department.

SPONSORING MEMBERS: Council members Leroy Comrie, James Davis, Bill DeBlasio, Lewis Fidler, Miguel Martinez, Joel Rivera, Albert Vann and Gale Brewer; also council members Helen Felder, Oliver Koppell, Bill Perkins and Yvette Clarke.

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