On June 25, the State Legislature sent to the Governor, legislation that would impose a statewide fee on single-use carryout bags provided to customers at retail check-out counters. The League of Municipalities opposes the legislation (A-3267/S–2600), which would, in part, supersede and preempt local ordinances that are being readied for adoption, and that are meant to address problems caused by non-reusable carriers.
Already, a number of towns have taken positive action to encourage retailers and shoppers to better protect the environment by using more durable carriers. These ordinances are grandfathered by the proposal; but, others are in the process of doing the same. We see no environmental benefit in preempting their actions.
The League has asked the Governor to veto the bill or, in the alternative, to conditionally veto the bill to remove the municipal preemption. Please contact the Governor’s Office to express your concerns.
- Jon Moran, Senior Legislative Analyst, firstname.lastname@example.org, 609-695-3481 x121.
- Michael F. Cerra, Assistant Executive Director, email@example.com,609-695-3481 x120.