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Proposed Legislation

Click on the links below to read pending federal, state, and local bills relating to noise, or access the names and districts of federal committee members considering noise issues. This site will be updated as new bills are proposed.

Federal Bills
State Bills
City Ordinances
United States House of Representatives Caucus Members


Right To Know About Airport Pollution Act of 1999 (April 1999) This bill was introduced by Senator Robert Torricelli. If passed, it requires a study of "bubbling" as a way to reduce all types of airport and aviation pollution, including noise. This bill also requires a study of EPA air pollution standards for airplane emissions.

Ocean Routing Bill (February 1999) This bill directs the Secretary of Transportation to conduct a test to determine the costs and benefits of requiring jet-propelled aircraft taking off from Newark International Airport, New Jersey, to conduct ascents over the ocean, and for other purposes.

This Letter to President Clinton (January 1999) urges the partial refunding of the EPA Office of Noise Abatement and Control (ONAC) in order to provide noise education and community assistance programs. It will be presented to the President on International Noise Awareness Day, April 21, 1999.

Airport Improvement Program Reauthorization Act of 1998 (earlier version of H.R. 4057) (June 1998) This bill proposes to amend Title 49 of the United States Code, to reauthorize programs of the Federal Aviation Administration. This is the first version of the bill, introduced June 16, 1998 and referred to committee.

Airport Improvement Program Reauthorization Act of 1998 (more recent version of H.R. 4057) (July 1998) This bill proposes to amend Title 49 of the United States Code to reauthorize programs of the Federal Aviation Administration. This is the more recent version of the bill, reported with amendments on July 20, 1998 and ordered to be printed.

Airline Service Improvement Act of 1997 (H.R. 2748) (October 1997) This bill proposes to amend Title 49 of the United States Code to provide air carrier service assistance and slots between high density airports and smaller airports, in order to expand jet aircraft service to smaller airports.

National Air Transportation System Improvement Act of 1998 (S. 2279) (July 1998) This senate bill proposes to amend Title 49 of the United States Code to provide funding for Federal Aviation Programs for fiscal years 1999-2002.

National Parks Overflight Act (S. 268) (February 1997) This document is Senate Bill 268, introduced to regulate air traffic over national parks.

Quiet Communities Act of 1997 (H.R. 536) (February 1997) This document is the proposed bill by House Rep Nita M. Lowey and co-sponsors, to reauthorize the EPA's Office of Noise Abatement and Control. Here are two letters supporting this bill, one from Rep. Nita Lowey, and the other from the National Resources Defense Council.

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Act (H.R. 1739) (May 1997) This document proposes to amend the Act designating the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness to clarify certain provisions of law regarding activities authorized within the wilderness area, and for other purposes.

Helicopter Noise Control and Safety Act (H. R. 2957) (November 1997) This document is the proposed bill to provide for development and implementation of certain plans to reduce risks to the public health and welfare caused by helicopter operations.


Arizona Leaf Blower Ban (January 2001) In March 2000, Governor Hull established the Brown Cloud Summit by Executive Order 2000-3 to identify ways to reduce the brown cloud, and improve visibility. The task force recommended a ban on all leaf blowers to reduce emission of these pollutants as well as neighborhood noise.

Oklahoma Product Liability Lawsuit Resolution (March 1999) Michael Wright, an Oklahoma anti-noise activist, drafted a Oklahoma senate resolution asking the state Attorney General to explore the feasibility of a product liability lawsuit against the producers of loud car stereo equipment. Mr. Wright encourages readers to advocate for a product liability lawsuit in their own states.

Vermont House Bill 217 (February 1999) This bill proposes to exempt owners, operators and users of shooting ranges from civil and criminal liability relating to noise when the range is used in a lawful manner. The bill also establishes an exemption for shooting ranges from Act 250, Vermont's land use planning statute.

New York State Assembly Bill 3796 (January 1997) An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law to authorize the imposition of monetary penalties upon a registered owner of a motor vehicle engaged in excessive horn honking. As of January 1999, this bill was referred to the New York City council for a "home rule message." (State legislation dealing with a specific city must receive a "home rule message" from that city's council in order for the state legislature to take substantive action upon the legislation.)

Massachusetts Senate Bill 87 (January 1999) An act requiring the posting of signs warning of the danger of exposure to amplified sound in health clubs. This Bill is scheduled for a hearing with the Committee on Commerce and Labor on Wednesday, March 31, 1999.

California Senate Bill 1203 (February 1997) An act to add Sections 40429 and 40472 to the Health and Safety Code, relating to air pollution.

California Senate Bill 1651 (April 1998) An act to add Chapter 11.5 (commencing with Section 21900) to Division 8 of the Business and Professions Code, and to add and repeal Sections 17053.53 and 23651 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, relating to leaf blowers.

California Senate Bill 1853 (May 1998) An act to add Section 21669.5 to the Public Utilities Code, relating to aeronautics.


New York City's Proposed Noise Ordinance - (July 2004)

City of Roseville, California (May 2000) Proposed noise regulation for the City of Roseville, California.

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