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Paper or plastic? Bill to lift ban on plastic bag ordinances temporarily passed after debate

Sen. Dwight Bullard argues for his SB 830 that would lift a state ban on agency or local government regulations of disposable plastic shopping bags. He later requested that his bill be temporarily passed. Photo by Bruce Ritchie.

The final Senate environmental committee meeting of the 2014 legislative session included symbolic debate over plastic grocery bags and withdrawn amendment to force Alachua County to work on upgrading septic tanks along the Santa Fe River.

And a bill that would increase regulation of private water and wastewater utilities passed the Senate Committee on Environmental Preservation and Conservation with new support from a utility association.

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