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Council Action On 25-Cent Plastic Bag Fee Delayed

Legislation proposed by City Councilman Frank DiCicco and Jim Kenney to put a 25-cent fee on every plastic bag given to customers at stores in Philadelphia is being delayed during this morning's weekly Council session. It's clear that some Council members want changes to the legislation. DiCicco played off the delay with a joke in Council's caucus meeting.

Council Action On 25-Cent Plastic Bag Fee Delayed

Legislation proposed by City Councilman Frank DiCicco and Jim Kenney to put a 25-cent fee on every plastic bag given to customers at stores in Philadelphia is being delayed during this morning's weekly Council session.  It's clear that some Council members want changes to the legislation.  DiCicco played off the delay with a joke in Council's caucus meeting.

"I'm holding this because it's a rainy day and some people didn't bring an umbrella and need the plastic bags to hold over their heads," DiCicco quipped.

The legislation, designed to cut down on litter, 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.

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