N.J. plastic and paper bag ban fails as lawmakers can’t agree

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BRENT JOHNSON / NJ.COM – New Jersey lawmakers are still considering banning the plastic and paper bags many have used for years to carry groceries or takeout food home — but it’s not happening right away.

The state Senate voted Monday on an amended bill that would ban both single-use carryout plastic and paper bags, as well as Styrofoam cups and food containers, within two years. Also, restaurants would be allowed to give out plastic straws only if a customer asks for them.

But the state Assembly did not vote Monday on the latest version of the bill (S2776). Because New Jersey’s two-year legislative session ends at noon on Tuesday, the measure will have to be reintroduced and considered again in the next session …

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