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State could be first to ban plastic bags

2 bills reviewed

Massachusetts could ­become the first state to ban plastic bag use at large retail stores, part of an effort to prevent litter from harming ­marine animals and to reduce waste scattered through streets and stuck in tree branches.

Lawmakers on the joint ­Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture Committee advanced the two bills, a House version and a Senate version, by voting favorably Monday, imme­diately following a hearing on the issue. The bills would ban single-use plastic bags at retail stores larger than 4,000 square feet. The ban would ­exempt smaller retail stores, as well as the produce and bakery bags used inside grocery stores.

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