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Plastic bag ban stalled in state legislature

A move to make Massachusetts the first state to ban plastic shopping bags caused a flurry of excitement in some circles last year. Since then … silence.

Legislation to outlaw the thin, checkout-counter shopping bags emerged with an endorsement from the legislature’s environmental committee in April, 2013. It was then referred to the House Ways and Means Committee, where it has languished for more than a year.

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