Santa Fe to re-examine plastic bag ban

Posted at: 01/26/2014 12:06 PM
By: Mike Anderson, KOB Eyewitness News 4



SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Santa Fe officials are considering revising a provision of a plastic-bag ban set to take effect next month.
    
The New Mexican reports City Attorney Kelly Brennan says requiring retailers to charge 10 cents for a paper bag could be an illegal tax.
    
City Councilor Rebecca Wurzburger has proposed amending the ordinance and allowing stores 30 days to implement the ban.
    
The proposed amendment needs to go before two city committees next month.
    
The 10-cent fee was to go to retailers to offset the cost of paper bags.
    
Supporters of the ban say it would cut down on waste and encourage shoppers to use reusable bags.
    
Geno Zamora, who resigned as city attorney in October, reviewed the ban when it was first drafted and thought the fee was appropriate.
    
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Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.sfnewmexican.com

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