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KVAL News reports that a new bill before the Oregon State Senate would ban all retailers from distributing single-use plastic bags, as well as paper bags made of less than 40 percent recycled materials. 

If it passes and is signed by the governor, Oregon could become the first state in the union to pass a statewide ban.

According to the story, “The ban would also allow the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to slap retailers with fines who are caught distributing plastic bags; prohibit local governments from imposing charges on checkout bags; and repeal the current statute that requires retail establishments that offer plastic bags to also offer paper.”

A similar bill failed to pass the Senate last year, but this one is seen as being more likely to pass because it is a more equitable approach to a ban.
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