Rhode Island Senate president pushes for plastic bag ban

Senate President Dominick Ruggerio (D-Providence) on the opening day of the 2020 legislation session, January 7, 2020. Photo by Steve Klamkin WPRO News

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Rhode Island’s Senate president has introduced a bill to ban single-use plastic bags at checkout counters statewide.

Democratic Senate President Dominick Ruggerio, of North Providence, said Thursday that plastic pollution is dangerous to the ocean and marine life and contributes to climate change.

The Senate passed a bill in June to ban single-use plastic bags, but the effort stalled in the House.

The plastic bag ban is one of the first major pieces of legislation Ruggerio has introduced in the new legislative session, which began Tuesday.

 

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