Lawmakers in central New York are moving closer to enacting a so-called "plastic bag tax."
Madison County could be the first in upstate to create the law designed to cut down on the number of plastic bags being used at stores. The measure would require vendors to offer paper and reusable bags or face incremental fines.
Residents of Madison County will have a chance to voice thier opinions on the proposal during a public-comment session next month.
Governor Andrew Cuomo recently created a task force to address the excessive use of the bags throughout the state after New York City attempted to pass a similar law earlier this year.