Plastic bag ban passes city council

The Boston City Council voted unanimously today in favor of a proposal that would ban single-use plastic shopping bags at checkout lines and instate a 5 cent fine for thicker multiple-use plastic bags if shoppers fail to bring a reusable bag to restaurants, supermarkets, pharmacies, and corner stores.

This vote caps off more than a year of debates and hearings about the proposed ban. The 11 councillors in attendance voted affirmatively.

Councillor Tito Jackson and Bill Linehan were not present at the meeting, though Jackson wrote in a statement that he supports the measure.

The ordinance now goes to Mayor Martin Walsh for his consideration.

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