Jan 5, 2016 10:23 AM

New bill would allow banning plastic bags in NH grocery stores

PORTSMOUTH - Portsmouth Democrats State Sen. Martha Fuller Clark and Rep. Laura Pantelakos have sponsored a bill that aims to give municipalities the power to ban plastic bags, according to

A similar proposal was made last year by City Councilor Brad Lown.

Lown's would have banned plastic bags at large retail stores and imposed a dime fee for every paper bag used instead.

However, City Attorney Robert Sullivan advised that municipalities may not enact ordinances in New Hampshire without enabling state legislation, which Fuller Clark and Pantelakos hope to provide with their bill.

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