Colorado plastic bag ban to get hearing at Capitol
DENVER, Colorado ” A proposal to ban plastic bags at large Colorado retailers is set to get its first hearing at the state Capitol.
The Senate Business, Labor and Technology Committee will take testimony Wednesday on the ban, which would apply only to stores that have $1 million or more in annual sales and have at least 10,000 square feet of space.
The bill would phase out the use of plastic bags at those stores by 2012. Until then, shoppers would be charged 6 cents for each plastic bag they use at big stores.
Half of that would go to the store and the other half to a fund to educate people about the pending ban.
The bill is sponsored by Democratic state Sen. Jennifer Veiga of Denver.