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MURPHY VETOES TAX ON PLASTIC BAGS, SETS STAGE FOR COMPLETE BAN

August 28, 2018

New Jersey News,

Dan Alexander,

August 28, 2018-

Gov. Phil Murphy made his veto of a bill that would have imposed a fee for single use plastic bags official on Monday — which could set the stage for a complete ban. The legislation would have placed a 5-cent fee on single-use plastic and paper bags. The money would have been used for a Healthy Schools and Community Lead Abatement Fund. Environmental groups didn’t think a fee went far enough toward their eventual ban and argued that a fee would not deter consumers from using plastic bags.

“This pre-emption in the fee bill would have blocked the grassroots movement going on in cities and towns working to ban plastics. This is why it is important that Gov. Murphy vetoed this bill because now towns can keep moving forward passing bans until we get a statewide bill,” New Jersey Sierra Club executive director Jeff Tittel said in a statement. At a hearing last Thursday in Toms River, a representative from the New Jersey Business and Industry Association said businesses would prefer a statewide policy, not town-by-town regulations.

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