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Proposed plastic bag ban could expand even more

Posted at 12:06 PM, May 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-17 13:06:58-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Omaha's proposed plastic bag ban would expand to all retailers larger than 10,000 square feet as part of a push by City Council proponents to clarify which stores would be covered.

The amendment would give retailers until Jan. 1, 2022, to prepare for the transition to reusable bags, according to our news partners at the Omaha World-Herald,

The ban's sponsors on the City Council decided to hold a second public hearing on the proposal at 2 p.m. on Tuesday.

The World-Herald also reports that council members Ben Gray and Pete Festersen offered the latest amendment to their original proposal Thursday, looking to answer questions from retailers and council members Chris Jerram and Aimee Melton about whether the measure could withstand legal scrutiny.

The original plan targeted businesses that primarily sell food, including grocery stores, bakeries, and candy shops. This new proposal covers other stores as long as they are larger than 10,000 square feet, according to the World-Herald.