senate Bill S1670

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Creates the Pennies for Parks program providing funds for capital expenditures at state parks and historic sites; imposes fee on single use carryout bags

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Jan 08, 2014 referred to environmental conservation
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S1670 - Details

Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Add §13.32, Pks & Rec L; add §1105-D, Tax L; add §92-t, St Fin L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:

S1670 - Summary

Creates the "Pennies for parks" program providing funds for capital expenditures at state parks and historic sites; imposes fee of five cents on single use carryout bags; establishes the pennies for parks fund to hold funds received by the fee on single use carryout bags.

S1670 - Sponsor Memo

S1670 - 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. GRISANTI, MAZIARZ -- read twice and ordered printed,
  and  when  printed  to  be committed to the Committee on Environmental

AN ACT to amend the  environmental  conservation  law,  in  relation  to
  creating  the  "Pennies for Parks" program providing funds for capital
  expenditures at state parks and historic sites; to amend the tax  law,
  in  relation  to  imposing  a  fee on single use carryout bags; and to
  amend the state finance law, in relation to establishing  the  pennies
  for parks fund


  Section 1. Legislative findings and intent. The legislature finds  and
declares  that  state parks and historic sites enhance the character and
quality of life and enhance the economic vitality of  local  communities
and provide healthy and affordable recreational and educational opportu-
nities to New York state residents and visitors. If allowed to fall into
disrepair,  state  parks  and historic sites may become inaccessible and
uninviting to the public. Once closed or sold, state parks and  historic
sites  are  difficult,  if  not  impossible, to recover or rehabilitate.
Accordingly, state parks and historic sites should be provided necessary
capital funding in a manner which is cognizant of  their  aforementioned
intrinsic values.
  The  legislature  also finds and declares that the single use carryout
bags distributed by New York retailers have a  negative  impact  on  the
environment,  littering  our communities, parks and beaches; filling our
landfills; harming wildlife; and using millions of trees and gallons  of
oil  to produce. An additional economic incentive should be put in place
to encourage the use of reusable bags and reduce the  stream  of  single
use carryout bags.

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


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