Bill Text: NY A05334 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

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Bill Title: Establishes a green new deal for New York task force; requires such task force to develop a detailed statewide, industrial, economic mobilization plan for the transition of the New York economy to become greenhouse gas emissions neutral by 2030 and to significantly draw down greenhouse gases from the atmosphere and oceans and to promote economic and environmental justice and equality.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 21-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-03-21 - print number 5334a [A05334 Detail]

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                STATE OF NEW YORK
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                                          5334
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    February 8, 2019
                                       ___________
        Introduced  by M. of A. ORTIZ -- read once and referred to the Committee
          on Environmental Conservation
        AN ACT to establish a green new  deal  for  New  York  task  force;  and
          providing for the repeal of such provisions upon the expiration there-
          of
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Green new deal for New York task force. 1. There shall be a
     2  task force for a green new deal for New York which shall consist of  the
     3  following  nineteen  voting  members:    three  members appointed by the
     4  governor, one of which shall serve as the chair of the task force; pres-
     5  ident of the New York state energy research and  development  authority,
     6  or  his  or her designee; the chair of the public service commission, or
     7  his or her designee; the commissioner of environmental conservation;  or
     8  his or her designee; president of empire state development or his or her
     9  designee;  the  commissioner  of transportation, or his or her designee;
    10  the commissioner of health, or his or her designee; and the commissioner
    11  of agriculture and markets, or his or her designee; the president of the
    12  New York state AFL-CIO  or  his  or  her  designee;  the  three  members
    13  appointed by the temporary president of the senate, one of whom shall be
    14  a representative from the private sector; three members appointed by the
    15  speaker  of the assembly, one of whom shall be a representative from the
    16  private sector; one member appointed  by  the  minority  leader  of  the
    17  senate; and one member appointed by the minority leader of the assembly;
    18  and  in  consultation  with the following and other relevant state agen-
    19  cies, public authorities, local governments, the federal government  and
    20  non-governmental organizations: the department of health, the department
    21  of labor, the department of state, the division of homeland security and
    22  emergency  services,  the  power authority of the state of New York, the
    23  long island power authority, the department of taxation and finance, the
    24  metropolitan transportation authority, the state university of New York,
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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     1  the city university of New York, the New York independent system  opera-
     2  tor, and others.
     3    2.  No member of the task force shall be disqualified from holding any
     4  public office or employment, nor shall he or she forfeit any such office
     5  of employment by virtue of his  or  her  appointment  pursuant  to  this
     6  section.
     7    3.  Members  of the task force shall receive no compensation for their
     8  services, but shall be  allowed  their  actual  and  necessary  expenses
     9  incurred in the performance of their functions pursuant to this section.
    10    4.  The  task  force shall hold at least five public hearings.  To the
    11  extent practicable, such hearings shall be held in different regions  of
    12  the  state.  During  the  public hearings, the task force shall hear the
    13  testimony of voluntary witnesses.
    14    5. The task force shall  develop  a  detailed  statewide,  industrial,
    15  economic  mobilization  plan (hereinafter referred to as the "plan for a
    16  green new deal for New York" or the "plan") for the  transition  of  the
    17  New  York economy to become greenhouse gas emissions neutral by 2030 and
    18  to significantly draw down greenhouse  gases  from  the  atmosphere  and
    19  oceans  and  to promote economic and environmental justice and equality.
    20  In furtherance of the foregoing, the plan shall:
    21    (a) be prepared in consultation with experts and  leaders  from  busi-
    22  ness,  labor,  state and local governments, tribal nations, academia and
    23  broadly representative civil society groups and communities;
    24    (b) be driven by the state government, in  collaboration,  co-creation
    25  and partnership with business, labor, local governments, tribal nations,
    26  research  institutions and civil society groups and communities, and the
    27  federal government;
    28    (c) be executed in no longer than 10 years from the start of execution
    29  of such plan;
    30    (d) provide opportunities for high income work,  entrepreneurship  and
    31  cooperative and public ownership; and
    32    (e)  additionally, be responsive to, and in accordance with, the goals
    33  and guidelines  relating  to  social,  economic,  racial,  regional  and
    34  gender-based justice and equality.
    35    6.  In  addition  to  preparing the plan, the task force shall prepare
    36  draft legislation for the enactment of the plan in accordance with  this
    37  section.  Such  draft  legislation may be prepared concurrently with the
    38  development of the plan, or as the task force may otherwise deem  appro-
    39  priate,   provided  that  such  finalized  draft  legislation  shall  be
    40  completed in accordance with the timing set forth in  subparagraph  (ii)
    41  of paragraph (b) of subdivision 9 of this section.
    42    7. The task force shall have the authority to investigate, study, make
    43  findings,  convene  experts  and  leaders from industry, academia, local
    44  communities, labor, finance, environmental justice, technology  and  any
    45  other industry or group that the select committee deems to be a relevant
    46  resource.  The  task force may, at its discretion and as its members may
    47  deem appropriate, hold public hearings in connection with any aspect  of
    48  its investigative functions.
    49    8. To enable the task force to carry out the purposes of this article,
    50  the  task  force  will use existing staff and resources from appropriate
    51  agencies.
    52    9. (a) The task force shall submit a preliminary report on the plan to
    53  the governor, senate and assembly and online for the public by September
    54  1, 2019 and as it deems appropriate from time to time the results of its
    55  investigations and studies, together with  such  detailed  findings  and

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     1  interim  recommendations  or  proposed  plan  or  draft  legislation, or
     2  portion thereof, as it may deem advisable.
     3    (b)(i) The task force shall complete the plan for a green new deal for
     4  New  York and issue a report to the governor, the temporary president of
     5  the senate, and the speaker of the assembly by  a  date  no  later  than
     6  January 1, 2020.
     7    (ii) The task force shall complete the finalized draft legislation and
     8  submit  it  to  the governor, the temporary president of the senate, and
     9  the speaker of the assembly by a date no later than the date that is  90
    10  calendar  days  after  the task force has completed the plan and, in any
    11  event, no later than March 1, 2020.
    12    (iii) The task force shall ensure that the plan and the  draft  legis-
    13  lation  prepared  in accordance with this section shall, upon completion
    14  be made available to the general public  in  widely  accessible  formats
    15  including,  but not limited to, via at least one dedicated website and a
    16  print publication, by a date no later than 30  calendar  days  following
    17  the respective dates for completion.
    18    10.  (a) The plan for a green new deal and the draft legislation shall
    19  be developed with the objective of reaching the following outcomes with-
    20  in the target window of 10 years from the  start  of  execution  of  the
    21  plan:
    22    (i)  dramatically  expand  existing renewable power sources and deploy
    23  new production capacity with the goal of meeting 100 percent of New York
    24  state power demand through clean renewable sources;
    25    (ii) building a statewide, energy-efficient, "smart" grid;
    26    (iii) upgrading every residential and industrial building  for  state-
    27  of-the-art energy efficiency, comfort and safety;
    28    (iv)  eliminating  greenhouse  gas  emissions  from the manufacturing,
    29  agricultural and other industries, including by investing in local-scale
    30  agriculture in communities across the state;
    31    (v) eliminating greenhouse gas emissions from, repairing and improving
    32  transportation and other infrastructure, and upgrading water infrastruc-
    33  ture to ensure universal access to clean water;
    34    (vi) funding massive investment in the drawdown of greenhouse gases;
    35    (vii) making "green" technology,  industry,  expertise,  products  and
    36  services  a major export of New York state, with the aim of becoming the
    37  undisputed international leader in helping other  states  and  countries
    38  transition  to  completely greenhouse gas neutral economies and bringing
    39  about a global green new deal; and
    40    (viii) explain how these actions will be financed and what the econom-
    41  ic impact will be if we take these actions and if we do not  take  these
    42  actions.
    43    (b)  The  plan  for  a  green new deal and the draft legislation shall
    44  recognize that a state, industrial, economic mobilization of this  scope
    45  and  scale  is  a historic opportunity to virtually eliminate poverty in
    46  New York state and to make  prosperity,  wealth  and  economic  security
    47  available  to  everyone participating in the transformation. In further-
    48  ance of the foregoing, the plan and the draft legislation shall:
    49    (i) provide all members of our society, across  all  regions  and  all
    50  communities,  the  opportunity,  training and education to be a full and
    51  equal participant in the transition, including through a  job  guarantee
    52  program to assure a living wage job to every person who wants one;
    53    (ii)  diversify  local and regional economies, with a particular focus
    54  on communities where the fossil fuel industry holds significant  control
    55  over  the  labor  market,  to  ensure  workers have the necessary tools,

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     1  opportunities, and economic assistance  to  succeed  during  the  energy
     2  transition;
     3    (iii)  require strong enforcement of labor, workplace safety, and wage
     4  standards that recognize the rights of workers to organize and  unionize
     5  free of coercion, intimidation, and harassment, and creation of meaning-
     6  ful, quality, career employment;
     7    (iv)  ensure  a 'just transition' for all workers, low-income communi-
     8  ties, communities of color,  indigenous  communities,  rural  and  urban
     9  communities  and  the  front-line  communities  most affected by climate
    10  change, pollution and other environmental  harm  including  by  ensuring
    11  that  local  implementation  of the transition is led from the community
    12  level and by prioritizing solutions that end the harms faced  by  front-
    13  line communities from climate change and environmental pollution;
    14    (v)  protect  and  enforce  sovereign rights and land rights of tribal
    15  nations;
    16    (vi) mitigate deeply  entrenched  racial,  regional  and  gender-based
    17  inequalities  in income and wealth including, but not limited to, ensur-
    18  ing that state and other investment will  be  equitably  distributed  to
    19  historically  impoverished, low income, deindustrialized or other margi-
    20  nalized communities in such a way that builds wealth  and  ownership  at
    21  the community level;
    22    (vii)  include  additional  measures  such  as  basic income programs,
    23  universal health care programs and any others as the task force may deem
    24  appropriate to promote economic security, labor market  flexibility  and
    25  entrepreneurism;
    26    (viii)  deeply  involve state and local labor unions to take a leader-
    27  ship role in the process of job training and worker deployment; and
    28    (ix) explain how these actions will be financed and what the  economic
    29  impact  will  be if these actions are taken and if these actions are not
    30  taken.
    31    (c) The plan for a green new deal  and  the  draft  legislation  shall
    32  recognize  that  innovative  public and other financing structures are a
    33  crucial component in achieving and furthering the goals  and  guidelines
    34  relating  to social, economic, racial, regional and gender-based justice
    35  and equality and cooperative and public  ownership.  The  plan  and  the
    36  draft  legislation  shall,  accordingly,  ensure  that  the  majority of
    37  financing of the plan shall be accomplished  by  the  state  government,
    38  using  a  combination  of  a new public bank or a system of regional and
    39  specialized public banks, public venture funds and such  other  vehicles
    40  or  structures that the task force deems appropriate, in order to ensure
    41  that interest and other investment returns generated from public invest-
    42  ments made in connection with the plan will be returned  to  the  state,
    43  reduce taxpayer burden and allow for more investment.
    44    §  2.  This  act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be
    45  deemed repealed April 1, 2020.
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