June 18, 2009(Key vote)
Title: Reducing the Use of Plastic Bags
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote to pass a bill that bans the distribution of certain types of plastic bags by retailers in specified areas.
-Emphasizes harmful effects of plastic bag production and disposal on Barrier Island wildlife, especially sea turtles and other land and marine life (Sec. 1).
-Applies only to retailers who have more than 5,000 square of retail or wholesale space and/or operate five or more stores in North Carolina under common management or ownership (Sec. 1).
-Applies only to large barrier island or peninsula communities containing a National Seashore or National Wildlife Refuge within their borders (Sec. 1).
-Bans distribution of non-reusable plastic bags to customers, except for in the cases of fresh fish, meat, poultry, or produce (Sec. 1).
-Requires that retailers subject to this act provide information and incentives to their customers encouraging the use of recycled or reusable bags (Sec. 1).
-Allows only recycled paper bags to be substituted for plastic bags (Sec. 1).
NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE BILL, MEANING THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BILL HAS BEEN REPLACED. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.