State Net Capitol Journal Legislative Updates: New York Assembly Approves Moratorium on Fracking While Cuomo Delays Decision

ENERGY: The NEW YORK Assembly approves AB 5424-A, a bill that would impose a two-year moratorium on the natural gas and oil drilling method of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. It is now in the Senate (STATE NET, BLOOMBERG).

GOVERNORS IN BRIEF: NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) denied an Associated Press report that claimed he was set to approve renewed hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the Empire State until being talked out it of by his former brother-in-law, Robert Kennedy, Jr. Cuomo said he still has no timetable for making a decision on fracking and that claims he does are "just not accurate" (ALBANY TIMES UNION).

INSLEE CLIMATE CHANGE MEASURE MOVES ON: The Washington House Committee on Environment endorsed HB 1915, Gov. Jay Inslee's (D) legislation calling for the state to hire consultants to advise state leaders on how to combat climate change. Inslee testified in favor of the bill, saying Washington has the right combination of entrepreneurial, technological and innovative expertise to become a world leader in clean energy. Lawmakers approved the bill, moving it to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government. An amended version of the bill (SB 5802) is also moving through the Senate, where lawmakers removed a reference to the Evergreen State's vulnerability to climate change. (STATE NET, SEATTLE TIMES, TACOMA NEWS TRIBUNE).

ENVIRONMENT: The ALASKA House endorses HB 77, which among several things would give state officials the power to issue general water use permits rather than just project-specific permits. The measure moves to the Senate (JUNEAU EMPIRE). • The KENTUCKY Senate approves HB 60, which would allow Bluegrass State hunters to go after coyotes at night and to use spotlights or night-vision equipment to make them easier to spot. It moves to Gov. Steve Beshear (D) for review (LEXINGTON COURIER-JOURNAL). • The MICHIGAN Senate approves SB 78, which would bar the state Department of Natural Resources from considering biological diversity when designating sections of state forest land. It moves to the House (LANSING STATE JOURNAL). • The WASHINGTON Senate approves SB 5081, which would amend an Evergreen State law banning the sale or possession of shark fins that exempted those obtained before July 22, 2011. The bill moves to the House (STATE NET, PORTLAND OREGONIAN).  

FOUND ON ROAD DEAD: We've all seen some poor deer, elk or other critter wasting away on the side of the road, a victim of an unfortunate encounter with a car or truck. But if Montana Rep. Steve Lavin has his way, that scene will soon play out less and less in the Treasure State. As Bloomberg reports, he has introduced legislation to allow residents who whack wildlife with their vehicle to take said creature home. While the thought of munching down on roadkill doesn't appeal to everyone, being able to move Bambi from the roadside to the grille is a boon to food banks and homes where need outstrips supply. Montana would be far from the first state to allow folks to take car-smacked critters home: states from Georgia to California allow it in at least some form. The topper is West Virginia, which this year holds its 21st annual "Roadkill Cook-off."

- Compiled by RICH EHISEN

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