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Sep 9, 2013 10:33 AM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Santa Rosa may bow out of plastic bag ban

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) - A Northern California city is considering bowing out of a countywide ban on single-use plastic bags, a move that could doom the measure.

Instead of backing the ban proposed by the Sonoma County Waste Management Agency, Santa Rosa officials are recommending the City Council draft its own ordinance.

Assistant City Manager Jennifer Phillips says in a report that Santa Rosa wants to "retain local control and enforcement authority."

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat says the countywide ban requires a unanimous vote of the 10 members of the Waste Management Agency. If Santa Rosa decides not to participate, it would kill the countywide ban.

Supporters of the ban say a regional approach is the best way to create consistent rules and protect smaller communities from lawsuits brought by the plastic bag manufacturers lobby.

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Information from: The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, http://www.pressdemocrat.com

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