Colorado Senate rejects plastic bag ban |

Colorado Senate rejects plastic bag ban

DENVER, Colorado ” The Senate has rejected a proposal to ban the use of plastic bags in Colorado.

Some Democrats joined with Republicans to defeat the measure on Tuesday.

Republicans said the measure (Senate Bill 156) would have increased the use of paper bags, which they argue use more energy to produce.

Democrats who voted against the bill didn’t weigh in during the debate. Bill sponsor Sen. Jennifer Veiga said some senators were contacted by constituents who wanted to keep using plastic bags.

The idea was suggested by high school students at Kent Denver and a small group of them watched the debate from the Senate gallery. They said they were disappointed but would try again next year.

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