A state legislator says he’s not giving
up on his attempt to impose a fee of 20 cents or so on plastic
grocery bags as a way to prod consumers to shift to bags that are
Bar Harbor Democrat Ted Koffman proposed the idea this fall but
legislative leaders declined to bring it forward during the coming
session, which is reserved for emergency bills.
Koffman, who co-chairs the Legislature’s Natural Resources
Committee, says the switch to reusable bags would be beneficial
because plastic bags harm the environment and it takes a
significant amount of oil to produce them.
Koffman plans to meet this week with representatives of the
Maine Grocers Association to discuss voluntary action to curb the
use of plastic bags. But he says he doesn’t intend to give up on
his legislative proposal.