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Title Environmental Justice Disproportionate Impacted Community
Status Senate Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor (06/08/2021)
Bill Subjects
  • Natural Resources & Environment
House Sponsors M. Weissman (D)
D. Jackson (D)
Senate Sponsors J. Buckner (D)
F. Winter (D)
House Committee Energy and Environment
Senate Committee Finance
Date Introduced 04/06/2021
Summary

Section 3 of the bill defines disproportionately impacted
community.
Section 4 requires the air quality control commission to promote
outreach to and engage with disproportionately impacted communities by
creating new ways to gather input from communities across the state,
using multiple languages and multiple formats, and transparently sharing

information about adverse effects resulting from its proposed actions.
Section 5 creates the environmental justice action task force (task
force) in the department of public health and environment (department),
the goal of which is to propose recommendations to the general assembly
regarding practical means of addressing environmental justice inequities.
The task force will:
  • Hold meetings to solicit public comment concerning the
development of a state agency-wide environmental justice
strategy and a plan to implement that strategy, including
ways to address data gaps and data sharing between state
agencies and the engagement of disproportionately
impacted communities;
  • Evaluate and propose recommended revisions to the
definition of disproportionately impacted community and
the state agencies and their proposed actions that are
subject to section 3; and
  • File a final report by November 14, 2022, regarding its
recommendations.
The department will report on the task force during the
department's SMART Act presentations.

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