Colorado lawmakers bag statewide plastic bag ban

DENVER (AP) - Paper or plastic? Colorado shoppers will still be hearing that question after lawmakers balked at a plastic ban.

A state Senate bill banning the use of plastic grocery bags by large retailers by 2012 was defeated after a handful of Democrats joined Republicans in voting no.

It would have been the nation's first statewide ban on plastic bags.

Democratic state Sen. Jennifer Veiga, who sponsored the bill, says she thinks Colorado lawmakers were wary of being first. She also says many constituents prefer plastic.

Dick Brown, executive director of Colorado Recycles, feared the ban could hurt efforts to recycle other kinds of plastic bags not covered by the ban, such as newspaper delivery bags or the ones used to cover drug cleaning.

Lawmakers in several states are considering bans while others are considering adding fees to plastic bags.

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