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

Cuomo lawmakers reach deal to ban plastic bags

New York State is poised to follow California and become the second state in the country to completely ban single-use plastic bags, with lawmakers in Albany agreeing Thursday on the new regulations to cut-down on litter and waste.

Despite broad consensus on measures including an additional $1 billion in education funding and a permanent, 2 percent cap on property taxes, the Senate had passed only five of 10 budget bills by early Sunday night, while the Assembly had passed a mere three. Hawaii has a "de-facto statewide ban" on plastic bags, as all of its major counties prohibit their use in stores.

Drivers traveling into the busiest sections of Manhattan will be charged a toll starting in 2021 and single-use plastic bags will be banned across NY state next March under a new state budget agreement. This move would also affect notable brands such as Supreme, as the label's plastic bogo shopping bags are instantly recognizable, and would force the streetwear brand to adapt with a new bag type.

The legislation banning most plastic bags provided to customers at supermarkets and other retail businesses also allows counties to opt in on a 5-cent fee on paper bags.

"I think it's unconstitutional", he said about the commission's powers.

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

In addition to eliminating cash bail for some charges, other criminal justice reforms include requiring prosecutors and defense lawyers to share all case information well in advance of trials, and speeding up the time it takes for a case to go to trial.

Speaker Heastie differed a bit with the Senate Leader's assessment on the chances of public campaign finance being in the final budget. New York's environmental advocates have also echoed this concern.

"Every mandated cost increase adds up", said Greg Biryla, New York director of National Federation of Independent Business. Revenue will support improvements to New York City's aging subway system, though some of the money is expected to go to regional commuter rail systems. State lawmakers are working to finalize the proposal ahead of Monday's deadline, officials told the AP Friday.

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