Colorado lawmakers do not pass statewide plastic bag ban
In what could have been the first statewide ban on plastic bags in the United States, yesterday a state Senate bill was defeated so that shoppers in Colorado will be able to keep using plastic bags.
The people who voted against the bill said that they ban would lead to increased paper bag use, which take more energy to produce and take up more room in the landfills. However, they do not take as long to decompose in the landfill.
Bill sponsor Sen. Jennifer Veiga, D-Denver, said no other states have passed such bans yet and thinks Colorado lawmakers were wary of being the first. She said many were also contacted by constituents who didn't want to have to give up their bags.
The original bill proposed that stores charge customers 6 cents for every plastic bag they use between now and 2012. But the Senate Business, Labor and Technology Committee got rid of the fee at the request of Veiga.
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Boulder, Colorado, United States