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Where Things Stand With the Proposed Resin Tax

John Grant, Director, Government Affairs

As previously discussed, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) introduced S.2645, the REDUCE Act in early August which would impose a 20 cent per pound tax on all virgin resin and create a complicated rebate system for businesses that use the resin for applications other than single-use products and packaging, as defined within the bill. A House version has now been introduced by Representative Tom Souzzi (D-NY), H.R. 5289. In a statement released by Rep. Souzzi, it is his hope to have this tax included in the (currently being negotiated) reconciliation package in Congress right now. Reconciliation is the process the Democrats in Congress are using to bypass the filibuster potential in the Senate.

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What’s Next for California: Plastic Ballot Initiative Takes Center Stage

Shannon Crawford, Director, State Government Affairs

With Governor Newsom surviving the Recall campaign and the legislature adjourned for the year, all eyes have turned to 2022 and the elephant in the room… the Plastics Ballot Initiative.

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New York: There’s A New Sheriff in Town

Danielle Fortunato, Director, State Government Affairs

In perhaps one of the quickest and muddiest falls from grace we’ve seen play out for high-ranking officials in New York (and there’s been quite a few to choose from), former Governor Andrew Cuomo’s resignation in August not only shook up New York state politics but has ushered in the state’s first-ever female executive: Governor Kathy Hochul.

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Regulatory Rewind

Marie Gargas, Senior Technical Director, Regulatory Affairs

In case you missed it:

- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration held an informal public hearing on its Hazard Communication Standard. PLASTICS testified to express concerns with some elements of the proposed update and support for others. Read More!

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