Ban on plastic bags comes close to reality in a 3rd state

Ban on plastic bags comes close to reality in a 3rd state

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and fellow Democrats who control the state Legislature are poised to have NY join California as the only states to ban single-use plastic bags.

Lawmakers passed the measure Sunday afternoon, a little more than 12 hours after Cuomo and the fellow Democratic leaders announced an agreement on a $175.5 billion budget for the next fiscal year that begins Monday. Hawaii has an effective statewide ban, with all its counties imposing their own restrictions. "We are working hard to get an on-time budget with New York's priorities", said Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, a Democrat from Yonkers.

NY will be the third state banning single-use plastic bags, once it begins in March 2020, following California and Hawaii.

New York State is set to become the second state in the United States to ban plastic bags and soon you could be charged for using paper bags. Individual counties will have the option of charging 5 cents for paper bags, with 2 cents going to local governments and 3 cents to the state's Environmental Protection Fund.

Another said, "I hate it".




Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie says the legislature and governor are committed fully ending cash bail in NY, even if they cannot complete the goal in the budget.

The budget also will include a new tax on prescription opioids. "While the best policy would be a ban on plastic bags coupled with a statewide fee on other disposable bags, this agreement represents a tremendous step forward".

"New York had a chance to show real leadership and came up short", Peter Iwanowicz, executive director of Environmental Advocates of NY, tells McKinley.

While Cuomo had wanted a recreational marijuana legalization provision included, disputes over the details of regulations kept it out of the budget. Leaders say they will tackle that and other remaining issues in the rest of the session. The billions the tolls are expected to raise will go toward fixing New York City's ailing mass transit system. He said he would make the budget late, if lawmakers did not come to final agreement on public campaign finance reform. As part of the budget compromise Cuomo agreed to go up another $50 million, the governor said Friday.

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