Here are 9 things New York State wants to ban this year [List]


If some members of the New York State Assembly are successful, these 9 things will be banned in the state this year. There are bills at various stages for the 2021-2022 session, which, if passed and signed into law by Governor Hochul, will ban these things.

1. Natural gas

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Assembly Bill A9329, co-sponsored by Anna Kelles, Emily Gallagher and Jo Anne Simon, is currently in committee. He states in part,

Thus, the intention of the legislator is that the adoption of this law has the following objectives:

– Ending taxpayer-subsidized utility incentives for fossil fuel expansion while ensuring equitable provision of electric services and efficient heating, cooling, cooking and hot water services;

– to require the Public Service Commission, within one year, to develop a statewide gas utility decarbonization plan based on clear two-year carbon reduction targets. gas sales, solid analysis and consideration of multiple electrification pathways;

– ensure affordable access to electric heating and cooling services and protect low- and middle-income customers from excessive charges when they electrify their buildings;

2. Glyphosate

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Senate Bill S8245, sponsored by José M. Serrano, seeks to ban the use of glyphosate in certain locations. Glyphosate is a herbicide. The bill proposes to prohibit,

the purchase of glyphosate by any State Department, agency, utility company, or any pesticide applicator employed by it as a contractor or subcontractor and the application of glyphosate to any owned, operated property or leased by the state.

3. Compulsory overtime for nurses

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Senate Bill S8063 is sponsored by Jessica Ramos and co-sponsored by John W. Mannion. The bill seeks to ban compulsory overtime for nurses,

This Bill would amend Subsections 3 and 4 of Section 167 of the Labor Act to limit the length of compulsory overtime suspension for nurses in the event of a natural disaster or declared emergency. This would prevent an employer from declaring a staffing emergency for routine nursing needs and imposing monetary penalties for violations of the law.

4. Hands-free devices for some drivers


Senate Bill S8021, sponsored by Brad Hoylman, is currently in committee. If passed, the bill would prohibit,

bus, taxi or livery drivers to use hands-free mobile phones; provides for certain exceptions.

5. Certain fire resistant items

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Signed into law by Governor Hochul, Assembly Bill A8723 prohibits household items containing certain flame retardant chemicals. Now, items such as mattresses, furniture, and electronics containing certain flame retardant chemicals are banned in the state. The chemicals in question have been linked to risks of neurological damage, hormonal disruption and cancer. Flame retardant chemicals are believed to help prevent house fires, but have been linked to health issues, such as immune system problems, infertility and cancer.

6. Smoking in adult care facilities

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Photo by Steven Pahel on Unsplash

Senate Bill S4348 is sponsored by Samra G. Brouk. The bill, which is in committee, would prohibit,

smoking in adult care facilities.

7. Balloon release

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Photo by Al Soot on Unsplash

Assembly Bill A3706 would ban the release of balloons in New York,

No one shall knowingly or intentionally throw a ball away. For the purposes of this section, “balloon” means a soft, non-porous bag made of materials such as rubber, latex, polychloroprene, or nylon fabric that contains helium, hydrogen, nitrous oxide, oxygen, air or water.

8. Certain disposable steam products

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Senate Bill S5098 is sponsored by Pete Harckham. The bill says,

For the purposes of this Section, “flavored” means any vaping product, INCLUDING STAND-ALONE AND DISPOSABLE VAPOR PRODUCTS, intended or reasonably likely to be used with or for the consumption of nicotine, with a distinctive taste or aroma, other than tobacco taste or aroma, imparted before or during consumption of this product or a component thereof, including but not limited to flavors or aromas related to any fruit, chocolate, vanilla , honey, candy, cocoa, dessert, alcoholic beverage, mint, wintergreen, menthol, herb or spice, or any conceptual flavor that imparts a taste or aroma that is distinct from the flavor of tobacco but cannot be related to any flavor particular known. A vaping product intended or reasonably intended to be used with or for the consumption of nicotine is presumed to be flavored if the retailer, manufacturer or agent or employee of a product has made a statement or claim intended consumers or the public, express or implied, that such product or device has a distinctive taste or aroma other than the taste or aroma of tobacco.

9. Paper receipts

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Photo by Mike Walter on Unsplash

Senate Bill S771, sponsored by Todd Kaminsky, bans paper receipts

for certain purchases and requires businesses to provide proof of purchase electronically, unless proof of purchase is otherwise required by federal or state law.

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