DOVER — Gov. John Carney will be signing four environmental bills on Friday.
HB212 increases the minimum thickness for a plastic bag to qualify as a reusable bag from 2.25 mils to 10 mils effective Jan. 1, 2022 and makes the restrictions applicable to stores regardless of size effective July 1, 2022.
SB2 will help to lower the cost of energy and accelerate the adoption of community-based electric solar systems in the state by eliminating current barriers to such systems. It also sets up a regulatory process to be implemented by the Public Service Commission with consumer protection provided by the Department of Justice.
SS1 for SB24 imposes a civil penalty for releasing balloons, specifically, the intentional release of five or more balloons filled with air or lighter than air gases. Many balloons that are released into the air end up in the ocean once they deflate, advocates say.
The release of multiple balloons at one time is a single offense under this act. This act also establishes that intentionally releasing one to four balloons at one time is littering. The first violation is subject to a civil penalty of at least $25, while a second or subsequent violation within two years of the first is subject to a civil penalty of $75 and up to eight hours of community service. The mass release of balloons is penalized with at least $250 and up to eight hours of community service, and a second or subsequent violation within two years of the first is subject to a civil penalty of at least $350 and up to 25 hours of community service.
SB21 aims to create a more accessible electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Specifically, this act permits state agencies to charge a fee for public or employee use of electric vehicle supply equipment installed by the agency so long as the fees do not exceed the agency’s costs.