Denver (AP) Colorado shoppers will be able to keep using plastic bags.
The State Senate rejected a proposal yesterday that would have banned the use of plastic bags by large retailers by 2012.
Lawmakers in four other states - Hawaii, Missouri, New Jersey and New York - are considering similar bans this year. Nine others are considering adding fees to plastic bags, ranging from 3 cents in Vermont to 25 cents in California.
Bill sponsor Sen. Jennifer Veiga said no other states have passed such bans yet and thinks lawmakers were wary of being the first. She said many were also contacted by constituents who didn't want to have to give up their bags.
The measure was defeated after a handful of Democrats joined with Republicans in voting against it.
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