Roll Call! Senate Bans Plastic Bags, Styrofoam Food Containers, Straws (27-3), 2019

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PASSED
in the State Senate on March 29, 2019 by a vote of
27-3 
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Purpose: To prohibit stores and restaurants from providing single-use plastic bags to customers, to require they charge 10 cents or more for single-use paper bags, to prohibit “expanded polystyrene foam” coffee cups and food containers, to prohibit offering plastic straws without request, and  to create a “Single-Use Products Working Group” to study the effectiveness of policies and make recommendations for future regulation.
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Analysis:  Those voting NO on this bill argue this is a regressive “tax” (10 cents or more per grocery bag over the course of a year could become a substantial cost), hitting low income Vermonters hardest, and an undue burden on businesses.
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Those voting YES argue this is a necessary government action to curtail litter.
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Senate Journal, Friday, March 29, 2019. “Thereupon, the recommendation of amendment of the Committee on Natural Resources and Energy, as amended, was agreed to and third reading of the bill was ordered, on a roll call, Yeas 27, Nays 3.” (Read the Journal, p. 487-494)
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How They Voted

Timothy Ashe (D/P-Chittenden) – YES
Becca Balint (D-Windham) – YES
Philip Baruth (D-Chittenden) – YES
Joseph Benning (R-Caledonia) – YES
Christopher Bray (D-Addison) – YES
Randy Brock (R-Franklin) – YES
Brian Campion (D-Bennington) – YES
Alison Clarkson (D-Windsor) – YES
Brian Collamore (R-Rutland) – NO
Ann Cummings (D-Washington) – YES
Ruth Hardy (D-Addison) – YES
Cheryl Hooker (D-Rutland) – YES
Debbie Ingram (D-Chittendent) – YES
M. Jane Kitchel (D-Caledonia) – YES
Virginia Lyons (D-Chittenden) – YES
Mark MacDonald (D-Orange) – YES
Richard Mazza (D-Chittenden-Grand Isle) – YES
Richard McCormack (D-Windsor) – YES
James McNeil (R-Rutland) – NO
Alice Nitka (D-Windsor District) – NO
Corey Parent (R-Franklin) – NO
Chris Pearson (P-Chittenden) – YES
Andrew Perchlik (D-Washington) – YES
Anthony Pollina (P/D/W-Washington) – YES
John Rodgers (D-Essex-Orleans) – YES
Richard Sears (D-Bennington) – YES
Michael Sirotkin (D-Chittenden) – YES
Robert Starr (D-Essex-Orleans) – YES
Richard Westman (R-Lamoille) – YES
Jeanette White (D-Windham) – YES

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wethecom April 2, 2019 at 2:44 am

funny how when they made date rape detecting straws now we ban them

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