On May 5, 2016, the New York City Council adopted the #BYOBag law, which requires that all retailers in NYC charge a 5-cent minimum fee for each carryout bag provided at check-out. Due to preemption legislation introduced by state legislators later that month and a resulting compromise, implementation of the law was delayed from October 1, 2016 until February 15, 2017. In January 2017, companion preemption bills were reintroduced in Albany: Senate Bill 362 and Assembly Bill 1750.
The New York state Senate passed Senate Bill 362 on Jan 17,2017 by a vote of 42-18. #CallYourAssemblyMember to express your opposition to "same as" Assembly Bill 1750. Now more than ever it's time to #ProtectLocalVictories and #EndPlasticPollution!
Go to BagItNYC's Facebook page for action alerts including step-by-step instructions on how to call your state legislators! Also sign this change.org petition and visit Council Member Brad Lander's website for extensive background on NYC's #BYOBag law.