Lawmakers working on plastic bag ban

PORTLAND — Some Oregon lawmakers are working on a plan to outlaw disposable plastic bags in the state in 2012.

The Oregonian reports the effort is led by Sen. Mark Hass of Beaverton and Sen. Jason Atkinson of Central Point. The two introduced a plastic bag ban in February's special session. Hass says he's been working with grocers and environmentalists and others since then to encourage the use of reusable canvas bags.

Opponents of a ban says people can prevent plastic bags from becoming litter or going into landfills by simply recycling them.

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