Just three weeks ago, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill assessing a $.05 fee on all shopping bags, whether paper or plastic, an ordinance that the new York Council passed early in May.  The ordinance, which interestingly exempts, among others, bags at state-regulated liquor stores as well as individuals buying groceries with food stamps from having to pay the fee, is slated to become effective October 1.  The New York state senate bagged the municipal initiative this week when it passed a bill on a 36 – 22 vote prohibiting “any tax, fee or local charge” on carryout bags of any kind in the Empire State.  The bill would still need Assembly approval and Governor Cuomo’s signature.  Stay tuned!