Plastic bag ban in NH on 2017 agenda after being killed in 2016
Two NH State Reps have requested bills related to disposable plastic shopping bags for the new year.
Rep. Marjorie Shepardson and Rep. Christy Bartlett both requested these 2017 bills - but the text of these are not yet public, according to the LFDA.
Last year the Senate shut down a bill that would have allowed towns to ban plastic bag use.
Those in favor of plastic bag ban argue that the bags are a waste of fossil fuels, harder to recycle, and can harm marine wildlife.
Others argue that most plastic bags are reused for garbage or picking up dog waste.
Because Republicans are keeping control of both houses of the state legislature in 2017, it is unlikely a plastic bag ban will pass. If legislators are convinced that municipalities should have the right of local control of the plastic bag issue than there could be a possibility of passing.