Politics
12:10 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Plastic Bags Survive Another Year In Florida

Miami-Dade students get the credit for a proposal that would allow cities to regulate plastic bags. Listen to the story.
This plastic bag washed ashore tangled in seaweed.
Credit Susan Ford Collins/flickr

"Paper or plastic?" is a question you’ll hear at grocery stores for at least another year because a South Florida lawmaker was unsuccessful in his attempt to help cities cut down on plastic bags.

A bill would prevent places like Publix and Walmart from using plastic carryout bags if local governments wanted to ban them. It would also require stores to provide customers with reusable bags.

Some members of the Senate Environmental Preservation committee didn’t like a provision that would force customers to pay 10 cents to put their groceries in a paper bag.

So the bill was postponed, and this late in the legislative session, it won’t get another hearing.