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Legislation Regulating Plastic Bags Takes A Step Backwards

City Councilman Frank DiCicco is expected to request this morning that legislation regulating the use by stores in the city of plastic bags be returned to Council's Committee on the Environment. The legislation -- bill 090075 can be read here -- was unanimously approved by the committee in a May 1 hearing. You can read the transcript of that debate here.

Legislation Regulating Plastic Bags Takes A Step Backwards

Thomas Sustak, with the Clean Air Council, illustrates how many bags an average consumer uses in a year, at a city hearing.
Thomas Sustak, with the Clean Air Council, illustrates how many bags an average consumer uses in a year, at a city hearing. RON TARVER / Staff Photographer

City Councilman Frank DiCicco is expected to request this morning that legislation regulating the use by stores in the city of plastic bags be returned to Council's Committee on the Environment.  The legislation -- bill 090075 can be read here -- was unanimously approved by the committee in a May 1 hearing.  You can read the transcript of that debate here.

The legislation would place a 25-cent fee on every plastic bag given to customers at stores in the city.  Designed to cut down on litter, it also requires businesses with more than $1 million in annual sales to give 75 percent of the bag fee to the city. Businesses with less revenue would keep the fee.

The legislation has been languishing on Council's calender for weeks, held repeatedly from a final vote as some of DiCicco's colleagues seek changes to its language.  Those changes will now apparently be debated back at the committee level.

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