DEVELOPING: New York to Become Second State in the US to Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags
31 March, 2019, 22:10
NY will also be one of the first states to impose a ban on single use plastic bags in grocery stores and other retail outlets, start next March.
Lawmakers are facing a Monday deadline on a budget agreement.
If passed, NY would be the second state after California to enforce a plastic bag ban. The ban would take effect in March 2020. Counties will be able to opt in to charge a five-cent fee for paper bags; revenue from the sales will be allocated to the Environmental Protection Fund and to a fund that buys reusable bags for consumers. Hawaii has an effective statewide ban that allows the state's four counties to set its own restrictions. "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". The potential revenues are tempting, but leading lawmakers like Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes say that communities of color need to get a share of the benefits to mitigate the past harms of prohibition.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has said repeatedly that he will not accept a budget without at least a commitment to public campaign finance, said on WCNY's "The Capitol Pressroom" that he realizes there are obstacles.
With the ban, NY joins California in imposing a statewide ban (though the Times says Hawaii also has a de facto state-wide ban in practice, as they are prohibited by the island state's counties individually).
United Kingdom lawmakers vote 'No' on May's Brexit deal Many had marched 450 kilometres from Sunderland to London and as they reached Westminster they shouted, "Leave means leave". However, Conservative Party chairperson Brandon Lewis said the government did not support any of those options.
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Lawmakers plan to begin passing budget bills Sunday during what's expected to be an all-day session. Cuomo announced last month he wanted to close three prisons because of the state's declining inmate population.
The budget will also contain a provision requiring employers to give workers three hours off to vote on election day.
A congestion pricing plan for Manhattan is taking shape, and lawmakers are still considering whether to impose a pied-a-terre tax for non primary residential luxury apartments in New York City worth over $5 million, or instead substitute a real estate transfer tax on sale of homes worth more than $5 million.
One major issue that did not make it into the spending plan was the legalization of recreational marijuana.
Part of the criminal justice reform includes changes to the state's cash bail system.
Fire officials said the blaze erupted on the eighth floor of the building and engulfed the ninth, 10th and 11th floors. The disaster recalled a June 2010 fire in the nearby neighbourhood of Nimtoli in which 123 people were killed.
Okeke crashed to the floor after colliding with UNC's Cameron Johnson under the rim with 8:08 remaining in the second half. Coach Tom Izzo's upperclassman-heavy team is one victory away from its first Final Four appearance since 2015.
Hemple said she would continue to protest until Britain had left the European Union because she did not trust lawmakers to do it. She had asked the lawmakers "to put aside self and party ... accept the responsibility given to us by the British people".
Their face-to-face will take place after Trump held his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Hanoi last month. South Korean and USA policies on North Korea are facing the same direction.
At least two Palestinians were killed and 13 protesters were wounded by live fire, according to Palestinian medical officials. Analysts highlight desperate living conditions and lack of freedom of movement as driving forces behind the protests.
However, the company's Thursday bidding was even higher than its original proposed price range: $62 to $68 per Lyft share. She suggests retail investors should concern themselves with the long-term outcome of ride-sharing companies.
The Sacklers have also been sued by a group of more than 500 cities and counties, in a case filed in NY , and the state of MA . Almost $200 million from the settlement will fund a new addiction treatment and research center at Oklahoma State University.
The Obama administration refused to approve a lot of these state programs, but the Trump administration really embraced the idea. But advocates for the poor say that Medicaid is a health care program and that work requirements have no place in it.
Most legal experts view the case for ruling the entire law unconstitutional as thin. The lawsuit was filed by NY and 10 other states.
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