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Posted on: January 10, 2020

Eleventh Hour Senate Action on Plastic Bag Bill Slated

On Monday, according to reports and despite the continued objections of special interest groups, the Senate will vote on S-2776. The bill would ban the commercial use of single-use foam, paper, and plastic food and grocery containers. The bill, including amendments adopted yesterday, would eventually supersede local ordinances and impose a statewide ban on those products.

Please note: Any local ordinances, currently on the books or passed in the interim, would remain in effect for two years after the bill would be signed by the Governor.

At this time, the Assembly has not scheduled the bill for consideration. And, any bills that have not passed both Houses before noon on Tuesday–the end of the current legislative session–will die. They would need to be refiled, renumbered, and begin, again, their journeys through the legislative process.

The latest amendments will allow customer access to single-use plastic straws. Further, under these amendments, grocers will not be required to provide free reusable bags to customers, during the first two months of the ban’s implementation. The bill calls for a three-year program to provide reusable bags to lower-income residents, which would be allocated $500,000 a year, under the January changes.

Contact: Jon Moran, Senior Legislative Analyst,, 609-695-3481 x121.

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