Chicago Plastic Bag Ban Has Enough Support To Become Law, Sponsor Claims

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The lead proponent of a proposal to ban plastic bags in Chicago says he has enough support for his legislation to become law.

Alderman Proco “Joe” Moreno (1st) told the Chicago Sun-Times his plastic bag crackdown has the 26 votes of support lined up that it needs to become law — despite the current proposal being even broader and more strict than the version that stalled last summer.

“I’m very confident we have the votes,” Moreno told the paper. “We’ve been kicking this around for years. I’m not a very patient guy, but I’ve been patient on this. It’s time to move.”

The previous proposal excluded retailer establishments smaller than 5,000 square feet from being required to only offer reusable shopping bags to customers, but the updated proposal now includes those smaller retailers as well, the Associated Press notes.

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