NJ Senate Passes Plastic Bag Ban

Resurrecting an issue that has popped up around the country over the past few years, the state senate last week passed legislation that would outlaw single use plastic bags as well as paper bags in New Jersey.  The legislation, SB 865, which requires a warning for first offenses, but then provides for a fine of…

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Plastic Still in the Crosshairs

Legislators and environmental activists across the nation continue to target single-use plastic bags, straws and other plastic products for elimination as the new legislative sessions begin. Massachusetts will most assuredly advance a plastic bag ban, although 135 communities already have a local ban of some sort on their books. The state senate approved a sweeping…

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Salary History and Plastic Bag Bans

State legislatures continue their parade to ban this or that from the business toolbox and this week we have 2 more with Delaware and New Jersey. Delaware Governor John Carney signed a new plastic bag ban on Monday of this week, making Delaware the 4th state in the nation to ban single-use plastic bags. The…

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Cashless Store, Plastic Bag Bans

Effective July 1, the city of Philadelphia will join San Francisco in banning cashless stores from operating within the city. But even before the ban takes effect next week, some problems surfaced with a few state agencies not being able to accept cash at that time. Notwithstanding, the city will enforce the new law against…

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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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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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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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First They Came for Our Styrofoam

A few years ago, the environmental rage was to push a ban on the use of polystyrene foam as a food and/or beverage container and to some degree, the effort is ongoing. Anne Arundel County in Maryland (vetoed by country executive), Concord and Santa Barbara in California have all recently advanced bans, and a ban…

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But, There’s Still Texas

Over the past few years, it seems as though the last bastion of protection of rights for Americans has come from one court or another in the state of Texas and perhaps that will ring true again on the aforementioned issue of plastic bag bans. . Notwithstanding the polystyrene foam bans, plastic bag bans and…

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