- Associated Press - Friday, May 20, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - The New York state Senate is looking into whether New York City’s plan to impose a fee on plastic bags will be a burden on consumers.

The Senate is holding a hearing Friday in Manhattan to examine the 5-cent fee for single-use plastic bags which is expected to go into effect this fall.

Some senators are supportive of a proposal to prohibit local governments from imposing bag fees.

City leaders approved the measure as part of an effort to reduce waste and litter.

Opponents complain that the fee will amount to a new burden on a heavily taxed population.

The law will cover plastic and paper bags given out by grocery stores, drugstores and other retailers. Stores will get to keep the fees they collect, not the city.

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