Court Halts Bottle Bill

ALBANY—During a court appearance today, a federal judge issued a temporary injunction forestalling the implementation of the expanded bottle bill, which was enacted as part of the state budget.
This means that the measure will not go into effect, as planned, by June 1. There was recognition among state lawmakers that it had to be tweaked because of requirements for a New York-specific UPC code, but no action was taken.
So the bottlers sued, and until the suit is resolved, the law is suspended.
“Today, the court recognized the constitutional and due process problems created by the bottle bill,” reads a statement issued by Nestle Waters North America C.

Court Halts Bottle Bill