Senate committee backs plastic bag ban |

Senate committee backs plastic bag ban

DENVER ” A Senate committee has backed a proposal to eventually ban plastic bags at supermarkets and other large stores.

The Senate Business, Labor and Technology Committee voted 4-3 to back the measure (Senate Bill 156), sending it to the full Senate for debate.

The bill would phase out the use of plastic bags at those stores by 2012.

Originally the bill would have also required that stores charge customers 6 cents for every plastic bag between now and then. But the committee agreed to get rid of the fee at the request of bill sponsor Sen. Jennifer Veiga of Denver.

The ban is opposed by supermarkets, big box stores and department stores.

Republicans on the committee voted against the bill. They argued the ban could lead to increased use of paper bags, which they said use more energy and water to make.

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