R.I. lawmakers set to take up plastic bag ban again

Alex Kuffner, Providence Journal

The bill would impose penalties on retail establishments that violate the ban. It would also “supersede any and all state and local laws, regulations, and ordinances in this field.”

It comes amid a wider discussion about how to keep plastics and other trash out of Rhode Island’s waterways.

“The Senate President’s bill is a solid compromise and it will keep Rhode Island’s lands and waters free from this toxic litter,” said Amy Moses, Rhode Island director of the Conservation Law Foundation.

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