- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut lawmakers are attempting to cut back on single-use plastic and paper bags in the coming years.

The Senate on Wednesday voted 29-2 in favor of a bill that would require retailers and supermarkets to work toward a 33 percent reduction in the distribution of disposable bags by 2021.

The bill would also require the increased use of recycled material in these bags over time.

Lawmakers in previous years have proposed outright bans on disposable plastic bags. These proposals have failed in the General Assembly.

Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy Jr., the co-chairman of the legislature’s Environment Committee, calls the latest bill a “historic agreement” between the Connecticut Retail Merchants Association, the Connecticut Food Association and the state.

The legislation now moves to the House of Representatives for final legislative action.

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