City Council passes record number of bills in final legislative session of 2013

The list of passed resolutions include bans on e-cigarettes and foam takeout containers.

The list of passed resolutions include bans on e-cigarettes and foam takeout containers. (12/20/13)

NEW YORK - The City Council had a record-setting final legislative session of the year.

Members passed 26 introductions or resolutions, including some high-profile bills, which is a record number for a single day in City Council history.

On the list of passing bills is a ban on electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs, which will be prohibited in public spaces where regular smoking is already banned. Those places include city parks, restaurants and bars.

Council members also gave the go-ahead to update the website used to track federal dollars budgeted for Superstorm Sandy recovery.

In a unanimous approval, foam takeout food containers will be banned if the Sanitation Department is unable to find a way to effectively recycle them following a yearlong study.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is expected to sign both the e-cigarette and foam container bans before he leaves office. The laws would then take effect four months after his signature.
 

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