2014 New York bills

A new NYS light pollution bill was introduced late in the 2013 legislative Session.  This was prompted by a so-called “model” state bill drawn up by several industry organizations that had surfaced earlier in the year.  After some of the most serious flaws in the “model” had been repaired, the bill was introduced as A7489/S5275.

Like its immediate predecessor, this bill would require full shielding for most State-funded new/replacement outdoor lighting. The A version of this actually passed the Senate at the very end of Session!

You can review text of the 2014 bill at http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?bn=A07489&term=2013.  Please contact your representatives in the Senate and the Assembly and encourage them to become co-sponsors and to work for passage of this bill!

From the above page you can also view the Sponsor’s Memo, which contains information about and justification for the bill that may be useful in contacting your Senator and Assemblymember. As the memo notes, the purpose of the legislation to protect the nighttime environment, enhance safety and security, and conserve energy.