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Bag ban to face hurdles in The Sunshine State

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By Bruce Ritchie

ContextFlorida

Florida won’t follow California on bag ban because of a 2008 law requiring a study.

California became the first state in the nation recently to ban disposable single-use plastic shopping bags.

The ban is needed, supporters said, to reduce litter and protect birds and sea life from becoming entangled in bags. The ban also prevents bags from clogging storm drains or winding up in landfills.

That new law prompted some pundits and others with environmental leanings to say that Florida and other states should take similar action. An online poll by WTSP-TV this week (with fewer than 100 respondents) found that 65 percent think Florida should ban plastic bags.

But that’s not going to happen, not without big changes in the Florida Legislature — and without changing a law adopted in 2008 that was intended to thwart such bag bans statewide or locally.


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