Bill aims to allow Florida cities to ban plastic grocery bags

Legislation to be filed by Orlando state Sen. Linda Stewart

By Erik Sandoval - Reporter

ORLANDO, Fla. - There's a new push to allow cities and counties in Florida to decide if they want to ban plastic grocery bags and Styrofoam.

State Sen. Linda Stewart of Orlando told News 6 she is filing a bill in Tallahassee that would reverse current rules, which she says prevent local governments from banning the bags and Styrofoam containers.

In 2016, the city of Orlando was ready to ban Styrofoam containers when the new rules were approved by the state Legislature.

The Miami Herald reported grocery giant Publix used $1 million to lobby state politicians to impose those new rules.

Now some shoppers say they're willing to take a look at the possibility of choosing either paper bags or bringing their own.

"I think that in the future there shouldn’t be any plastic bags," said Janelle Marquez, who shops at a Publix in Altamonte Springs.

Many shoppers said they choose plastic bags because they reuse them for other purposes.

"I pack snacks for (my daughter) or reuse it for clothes. Anything," she said.

"I use them for trash and other stuff," shopper Francois Watson said.

Stewart said her bill will be filed in the Florida Senate, while a similar measure is proposed in the Florida House of Representatives.

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