senate Bill S1532

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Establishes the "Nickels for Nature Act"

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Jan 08, 2014 referred to environmental conservation
Jan 09, 2013 referred to environmental conservation


S1532 - Details

Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 27 Title 27 §27-2710, En Con L; add §13.33, Pks & Rec L; add §99-u, St Fin L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:

S1532 - Summary

Establishes the "Nickels for Nature Act" requiring retailers to charge a five cent surcharge for every single use carryout bag which the retailer provides to customers to carry their purchases and provides a single five cent rebate to customers who provide at least one bag to carry their purchases.

S1532 - Sponsor Memo

S1532 - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K


                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E


                             January 9, 2013

Introduced  by  Sens. PERKINS, DILAN, STAVISKY -- read twice and ordered
  printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Environ-
  mental Conservation

AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law,  the  parks,  recre-
  ation  and  historic  preservation  law, and the state finance law, in
  relation to enacting the "nickels for nature" act


  Section  1.  This  act shall be known and may be cited as the "Nickels
for Nature act".
  S 2. Legislative  findings  and  intent.  The  legislature  finds  and
declares  that  state  parks and historic sites provide an indispensable
asset to our greater community, in terms  of  both  the  economical  and
educational benefits. Without appropriate maintenance the aforementioned
parks  and historical sites may fall into a state of disrepair rendering
them inaccessible. Accordingly, state parks and historic sites should be
provided with the necessary capital funding to allow for their continued
and uninterrupted use.
  The legislature also finds and declares that  single  use  bags,  both
paper  and plastic, distributed by New York retailers has a direct nega-
tive impact on the environment, littering our communities,  filling  our
landfills,  harming  wildlife,  and  using  an  extreme amount of fossil
fuels. Recognizing that urgency of this matter  the  legislature  recom-
mends that an economic incentive be put in place to encourage the use of
reusable bags.
  It  is  hereby  declared  to  be  the public policy and in the  public
interest of this state to establish a comprehensive program to provide a
dedicated funding stream for our state parks and historic sites. Such  a
dedicated funding stream should be devoted as supplemental to the exist-
ing budget of the office of parks, recreation and historic preservation.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.


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