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Advocates try in Annapolis for plastic bag ban
Advocates try in Annapolis for plastic bag ban

Environmentalists and others fed up with litter are making a pitch in Annapolis for a statewide ban on plastic bags. But the effort faces long odds, with powerful industries opposed and many lawmakers skittish of any proposal that could cost or inconvenience consumers. After failing in past years to put a fee on plastic bags, advocates are trying now to prohibit merchants from distributing them for most purchases. Plastic bag bans have been adopted by more than 180 communities across the country, including Chestertown in Maryland. The bill would also require merchants to charge 10 cents for every paper bag they give customers. At least half that fee could be kept by the stores as...