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Plastic Bag Ban Likely To Be Included In State Budget Due Sunday

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A proposal for banning single-use plastic shopping bags in New York is becoming more likely to be included in the final state budget, which lawmakers are racing to complete by this Sunday’s deadline (April 1).

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Governor Cuomo has already said that he supports a plastic bag ban, and now several members of both the State Senate and Assembly say it could be very possible in the coming days.

In addition to progress on the plastic bag ban, the Democrat-controlled Legislature is also working to resolve debates over the details of several proposals in Cuomo’s $175 billion spending plan.

These include eliminating cash bail for criminal defendants and a permanent extension of the existing 2% cap on local property tax increases.

Cuomo has said in recent days that legalization of marijuana will likely not be included in the budget because of stark disagreements over details.

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