State Preemption Efforts

As local communities across the country continue to pass their local mandates on such things as environmental policies, employee benefits, minimum wages and the like, some states have responded with state preemption laws prohibiting local communities from getting involved in dictating certain issues. We have a recent example out of Florida and one still brewing…

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Paid Sick Leave, And Then Some in New York

The state of New York has long mandated that private employers provide paid sick leave for its workers, but now they’re taking leave mandates to a whole new level. In the FY 2020 state budget passed just about a month ago, legislators saddled private businesses with more mandates as they approved a $175 billion spending…

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Maine Becomes 1st State to Ban Polysterene Foam

The state of Maine became the first state in the nation to ban the use of polysterene foam food and drink containers when Governor Janet Mills signed the restriction into law this week. LD 289, sponsored by Representative Stanley Zeigler, prohibits restaurants and other “covered establishments” from providing food or beverages in Styrofoam containers effective…

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Battle of the Bans

As some cities and towns around the country adopt more restrictions on business – banning plastic this or Styrofoam that, some states (Maine notwithstanding) look to put a stop to the growing patchwork of laws within their borders by preempting local regulations. A couple of recent cases in point – a week or so ago,…

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CT Governor Wants Soda & Plastic Bag Taxes –

On the subject of increasing taxes, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont put himself front and center with submission of his FY2020 state budget. The spending plan, which Lamont rolled out last week, includes a new 1.5 cents per ounce tax on sugary beverages which he projected would raise over $163 million. Although a number of cities…

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Shunning Single Use

As we all know, many states and locales focused legislative efforts on banning plastic bags, straws and single-use bags in 2018. In that vein, we found an interesting article earlier this week on QSRWeb entitled ‘Single-use’ – QSRs ‘dirty word’ for 2019 and it may be more prescient than originally thought, speaking to an environmental…

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Banned in Boston, Not in Ohio

They haven’t completely gone after straws yet, but the push to ban single use plastic bags kicks into high gear in Boston this week with the city plastic bag ban becoming effective one week from today, on December 14. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh signed the measure back in December of last year after the city…

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Green Steps

The staple Styrofoam cup will soon be a thing of the past in the Dunkin’ world. As of last May, Dunkin’ Brands removed foam cups from all New York City and California locations. Stores in Hawaii are in the midst of replacing foam cups too, with the brand planning for all of its 12,500 stores…

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Plastic Straws Restricted in California

Taking restrictions to a whole new level, California Governor Jerry Brown last week signed 2 bills into law that place additional restrictions on the restaurant industry in a couple of different areas. The first restricts the distribution of plastic straws while the second targets sugary drinks by mandating that only milk or sparkling, still or…

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