- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

FREEPORT, Maine (AP) - Voters in Freeport, Maine, will decide in June whether they want to ban disposable plastic shopping bags.

Freeport’s town clerk says more than 600 people signed a petition in favor of the measure, which is more than enough to get the issue onto the ballot.

The referendum item will ask residents whether to ban the use of disposable plastic bags at supermarkets and convenience stores. The move also would place a nickel fee on paper bags.

The Portland Press Herald (https://bit.ly/1R6gu0r ) reports the ban would not apply to non-food retailers. That means it would not change the rules for L.L. Bean, which operates its flagship store in Freeport.

The proposal was the subject of a Tuesday public hearing. It will appear on the ballot on June 14.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, https://www.pressherald.com


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