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PROVIDENCE - Last week, Rep. Maria Cimini (Providence) and Rep. Donna Walsh (Charlestown, New Shoreham, South Kingstown and Westerly) submitted a bill in the state House of Representatives to ban plastic bags across the state.
â€śWhat I think disturbs me so much is when I was driving to Providence last year, three days a week I would look up in the same tree and see the same (darn) plastic bag caught up in tree,â€ť said Walsh, who also recently introduced a bill that addresses food waste issues. â€śOf course, the real issue is where those plastic bags actually wind up - in our storm water run-off or into the bay where they can be mistaken as food for animals. That is the real danger.â€ť
The new bill was introduced just one day after advocacy group Environment Rhode Island submitted more than10,000 public comments to state lawmakers in support of a ban.
Channing Jones of Environment Rhode Island claims that the plastic bag ban that never made it to a vote in 2013 served to gain momentum for the bill, which he believes will pass in 2014.