A state lawmaker is renewing her efforts to ban throwaway plastic bags from retail stores in Washington.
Sen. Maralyn Chase of Shoreline has introduced a measure that would prohibit retailers from handing out single-use plastic bags. Senate bill 5780 would require retailers to provide plastic bags that can be composted, a recyclable paper bag or a reusable bag made of thicker plastic or fabric.
Opponents say the proposed ban is misguided.
Chase says an outright ban is the only way to cut down on pollution caused by the bags. She says, however, that it may be another year before she can get her bill through the Legislature.
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Oregon lawmakers currently are considering a statewide ban on plastic bags.