- Associated Press - Thursday, February 12, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Santa Fe is again considering the idea of requiring stores to charge shoppers 10 cents for paper bags.

The city initially considered requiring a fee for paper bags as part of a 2013 ordinance that generally prohibits stores from providing single-use plastic bags.

The proposed fee for paper bags was intended to help promote use of reusable bags, but it was removed from the ordinance because it was considered an illegal tax.

The idea has been revived because officials say not enough shoppers are using reusable bags.

City Attorney Kelly Brennan said the current proposal for a fee for paper bags would be permitted because merchants would get a portion of the money to recover their costs.

City Council committees are expected to consider the proposal in March.


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