Oregon bill to ban plastic bags may live
Back to Main MenuBusiness News HomeFront PorchIt Only MoneyOregon the Econ adidas samba omyPlaybooks ProfitsSilicon ForestWindow ShopStock Market ReportBusiness Public BlogBack to Main MenuVideos from the OregonianVideos from The Beaverton LeaderVideos from the Hillsboro ArgusVideos from The Forest Grove LeaderYour VideosRoss William Hamilton/The OregonianSALEM On this afternoon Senate Rules agenda is the proposal to ban plastic bags statewide. Bu adidas samba t whether it moves out of committee is anybody guess at this poi adidas samba nt.more fluid than we want it today, said Sen. Jason Atkinson, R Central Point, who is working with Rep. Vic Gilliam, R Silverton, and Sen. Mark Hass, D Beaverton, to curb the use of single use bags.The original proposal would have banned single use plastic bags, and levied a 5 cent charge on each paper bag at pharmacy and supermarket checkouts. But Senate Bill 536 has been stuck in Senate Rules since May 2 after plastic bag manufactur adidas samba er Hilex Poly launched a ferocious lobbying effort against the legislation.The revised amendments pushed by the legislative trio would outlaw plastic bags unless recycling benchmarks of 20 percent are met each year. It would also preclude cities and counties from passing separate legislation which is key to grocers and other retailers who don want to deal with piecemeal legislation. The goal is to get consumers to use reusable bags.Last summer the city of Portland backed off its plan to implement a bag ban, provided the Oregon Legislature approves similar legislation this year.Several cities in the United States have banned plastic checkout bags, including San Francisco, and but no state has approved a broader ban.Supporters of a bag ban say the plastic creates litter and eats up petroleum. Opponents say legislators have more important things to deal with than a bag bill and that reusable bags are dirty.