Thunderstorms, some heavy this evening, then periods of rain late. Low 53F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 90%.. Thunderstorms, some heavy this evening, then periods of rain late. Low 53F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 90%. The Legislature is finishing up some key actions in its final days, including completing the state budget (minor task!), reconciling House and Senate versions of a number of bills, and finalizing some bills that are summarized below. • Phasing out hydrofluorocarbons: I apologize in advance for using a few scientific terms in this article. One of the final bills of my Committee on Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife addresses hydrofluorocarbons or HFCs (bill S.30). You may have heard of its cousin, chlorofluorocarbons, also known as CFCs. CFCs were used in numerous products such as refrigerators, air conditioners and aerosols. Back in 1987, President Reagan signed the Montreal Protocol, joining nearly 200 countries to ban CFCs, known to deplete the ozone layer of the atmosphere. That layer shields us from the harmful effects of the sun’s ultraviolet radiation. (Note that atmospheric ozone is not the same as ground-level ozone; the latter ...