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NY lawmakers propose plastic bag ban, fee for other carryout bags

Three Democratic state legislators want to take action this year to address plastic bag pollution in New York.

A bill sponsored by Assemblyman Steve Englebright and state Sens. Brad Hoylman and Liz Krueger would ban plastic carryout bags. The measure would also impose a minimum 10-cent fee on paper and reusable bags. The highest fee that could be charged for paper and reusable bags is 25 cents.

The proposal is modeled after California's plastic bag law and based on one of the recommendations outlined in a report released in January by New York's Plastic Bag Task Force. The task force, which was led by the state Department of Environmental Conservation, didn't endorse one option over another.

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