NY lawmakers have reached an agreement to implement a state-wide ban on single-use plastic bags, due to take effect in March 2020. It would implement a ban on most single-use plastic bags, with some exceptions, like bags used for fruit or raw fish and those used for dry cleaning.
With the ban, NY joins California in imposing a statewide ban (though the Times says Hawaii also has a de facto state-wide ban in practice, as they are prohibited by the island state's counties individually).
A plastic water bottle and plastic bags are seen discarded with other garbage in a corner trash can in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan, Wednesday, March 27, 2019 in NY.
Lawmakers planned to begin passing budget bills right away during a session that could spill into Monday, when the spending plan for 2019-2020 is due to be in place.
HEALTH CARE: Increases state spending on Medicaid and other health care programs by $700 million to $19.6 billion, and codifies the federal Affordable Care Act and the state's Health Exchange into state law. Hawaii has a "de-facto statewide ban" on plastic bags, as all of its major counties prohibit their use in stores.
"That is going to take more time to work out", Cuomo told reporters Friday night at a Capitol press conference.
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Actual toll amounts have not been set but earlier estimates suggest it could be almost $12 for personal vehicles.
NY lawmakers are also expected to approve tolls to drive into the busiest sections of Manhattan. Lawmakers say they want to include discounts for commuters who already pay bridge or tunnel tolls to reach Manhattan.
Negotiations are also continuing on a proposal to tax luxury second homes in Manhattan worth more than $5 million. Cuomo announced last month he wanted to reduce the number of facilities because of the state's declining inmate population.
Revenue from the tax would go to transit.
In addition to eliminating cash bail for some charges, other criminal justice reforms include requiring prosecutors and defense lawyers to share all case information well in advance of trials, and speeding up the time it takes for a case to go to trial.