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The Colorado State Senate has defeated a bill that would have banned the use of disposable plastic shopping bags beginning in 2012.

The bill had gone through various permutations. Originally it was going to charge six cents for every plastic bag handed out by stores between now and 2012, but that fee was stripped out of the bill.

According to the Associated Press story, “Lawmakers in several other states - Hawaii, Missouri, New Jersey and New York, among them - are considering similar bans this year. Nine others are considering adding fees to plastic bags, ranging from 3 cents in Vermont to 25 cents in California, said Douglas Shinkle of the National Conference of State Legislatures.”

The ban only would have applied to supermarkets, big box stores and department stores, and not to small stores and franchises.

It wouldn't have applied to smaller stores and franchise operations.

KC's View:
There will be a lot of discussion in “Your Views” about the bag issue, but I need to add one small thing here.

The AP story notes that “San Francisco has passed a plastic bag ban, as has China, Rwanda, Ireland and Bangladesh … Colorado Sen. Shawn Mitchell, R-Broomfield, argued that his state shouldn't follow the example of China, which also bans religious gatherings and having more than one child.”

I don't know why, but I found that leap of logic sort of funny.

Canvas bags today, communism and dictatorial rule tomorrow.