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      Bill Proposed to Ban Grocery Bags from Larger Stores

      LITTLE ROCK -- Plastic grocery bags are a trash nuisance and environmental hazard and should be banned, a state lawmaker says.

      Sen. Denny Altes, R-Fort Smith, prefiled a measure today for next year's legislative session that would prohibit larger stores from providing plastic grocery bags to customers.

      House Bill 1043, tabbed as the Reusable Shopping Bag Act, would allow the use of paper bags and would require the sale of reusable cloth bags at stores of more than 10,000 square feet with gross annual sales of $2 million or more.

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