Feb 26, 2016 2:08 PM

Bill to ban plastic bags killed, sparks argument between Portsmouth elected officials

PORTSMOUTH - State Sen. Nancy Stiles, R-Hampton, is being called out for not supporting legislation that would let towns or cities ban people from using plastic bags.

According to, City Councilor Josh Denton is calling Stiles out for not supporting Senate Bill 410: a call to allow cities and towns to ban plastic bags.

Denton told the paper that he was "hoping Sen. Stiles would support it because she represents the Seacoast community," and "she essentially killed the bill when she voted against it.”

Denton tried to push the Portsmouth City Council to pass a ban last year before his election, but the city's attorney determined that there would need to be enabling legislation passed first.

Stiles said she generally supports enabling legislation, but in this case thought it would be too expensive for grocery stores and small businesses to enforce.

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