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New York City Council Delays 5-Cent Bag Fee Amid Opposition

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New York State Senate passes bill to delay when fine will go into effect
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Delay gives city and state lawmakers time to reach a compromise.

For New Yorkers worrying about the five cent fee for plastic and paper bags, it looks like they’ll have a few more months to breathe easy.

On Tuesday, the New York State Senate passed a bill preventing all cities and towns in the state from imposing bag fees, reports the New York Post. In response, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said that she could amend the legislation so that the law would take effect in February instead of October as originally planned.

The bill blocking the legislation comes not even a month before it was passed. The legislation is meant to cut down the use of single-use plastic bags that are an environmental concern, but some see the fee as a “poor tax.”

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