Per our last blog posted on February 6th regarding potential NY state legislature that would eliminate New York City’s BYO Bag Law, it has been confirmed that the New York State Senate (S4158) and Assembly (A4883) voted two weeks ago to put a moratorium on bag fees for cities over 1 million in population until […]

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Last May, the New York City Council adopted the BYO Bag law, which requires that all retailers in NYC charge a 5-cent minimum fee for each carryout bag provided at check-out. Later that month, the State of New York introduced preemption legislation, resulting in a compromise whereby implementation of the law was delayed from October 1, […]

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CHICAGO:  The Chicago bag tax, originally approved to begin Jan. 1, 2017 has been delayed to FEBRUARY 1, 2017 to allow retailers time to implement. There will be a checkout tax of 7 cents per bag added at all Chicago retailers – 5 cents of which will go to the city, and retailers retain 2-cents. […]

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, as part of his 2017 budget introduced on Oct. 11, proposed adding a 7-cent tax on plastic and paper bags used in the city. In a recent Chicago Daily Herald article, Molly Poppe, Office of Budget and Management, was quoted saying: “Ultimately, the goal of the (bag) tax is to change […]

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It is official, the State of California is the first state to have a law passed the covers the entire state for bag regulations. On November 8, 2016, voters approved Proposition 67 for a statewide ban of single-use bags. The ban takes place immediately. Senate Bill 270 is now in effect. Grocery stores, retail stores […]

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Oct 17th, 2016

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, as part of his 2017 budget, introduced on Oct. 11 a proposal to add a 7-cent tax on plastic and paper bags used in the city. This is an extension of an ordinance that went into effect in 2015 that put restrictions on the use of plastic bags.  The new tax […]

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Although baglaws.com typically only follows bag legislation in the 50 United States, we wanted to share information regarding a law (Act 247-2015) going into effect in December 2016 in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, where many of our customers are located or have locations. Act 247-2015 was signed into law Dec. 24, 2015, three […]

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The State of New York is considering bag legislation. Assembly member Felix Ortiz (D) introduced AB 8479. This would impose a 15 cent tax on plastic shopping bags. Currently AB 8479 is in the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means. New York City has long been talking about the possibility of bag legislation. The cause […]

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California would have been the first state to pass a state wide law regulating single-use bags. However, with that on hold and not going to a public vote until fall of 2016, many other states are still reviewing how to handle the issue. The State of Hawaii is technically covered by single- use bag regulations, […]

With February over and hopefully bringing Spring to many of us, the status of SB 270 is also changing. As of February 25, 2015 SB 270 has been suspended. Let’s review how we got here: Remember in 2014, the California legislature passed and Governor Brown signed SB 270. This legislation bans single-use plastic bags and […]

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