New York Becomes Second State to Ban Plastic Bags

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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.

"With this smart, multi-pronged action NY will be leading the way to protect our natural resources now and for future generations of New Yorkers", Cuomo, who proposed a ban in his $175 billion budget proposal, said in a statement Friday.

For those of you still holding hopes using plastic bags, the budget vote by state lawmakers may be the end of those pesky bags for good. "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.

"With this smart, multi-pronged action NY will be leading the way to protect our natural resources now and for future generations of New Yorkers", Cuomo, who proposed a ban in his $175 billion budget proposal, said in a statement Friday.

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Once passed, NY would become the third state to prohibit plastic bags for most purchases at grocery stores.

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. Supporters of the new law said that this was necessary to further limit litter into the state's streets and oceanfront, as well as minimizing the greenhouse emissions caused by their production.

Another said, "I hate it".

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The budget will also include a new tax on prescription opioids.

It also places a fee on handing out paper bags. Cuomo and legislative leaders have said the issue was too complex to rush into the budget.

The legalization of recreational marijuana didn't make it into the plan.

Lawmakers are facing a Monday deadline on a budget agreement. Cuomo said Friday that lawmakers need more time to work out the details to regulation.

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