February 7, 2017
"Both people who passed the bill in the City Council, and the people in this chamber, have been longtime advocates for the environment and protecting the environment. But there are a number in here, who also are looking beyond that and think, well, we can protect our environment, and at the same time protect the pocketbooks of our constituents. Why can't we do both? And that's what this bill will do," said Assemblyman Michael Benedetto, speaking in favor of legislation that protects consumers from unnecessary fees by establishing a moratorium on the adoption or implementation of any local law that charges a fee for carryout merchandise bags. A4883