NC House OKs Plastic Bag Ban On Outer Banks

North Carolina legislators are close to ordering big retailers on the Outer Banks to quit using lightweight plastic bags in a bid to preserve the environment.

The House voted 78-41 on Thursday to require stores to use paper
bags or have their customers bring in reusable bags. The bag ban would only effect large stores on the tourist-centric islands of Dare, Currituck and Hyde counties.

Rep. Tim Spear of Washington County said keeping beaches clean is necessary to keep the estimated 7 million tourists and their money coming to the Outer Banks.

The bill is the brainchild of Senate leader Marc Basnight of Dare County.

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