Should voters decide on plastic bag taxes, bans?

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You get them most of the time when you go to the grocery store, but plastic bags can add up. 
 
“Plastic bag usage has been ingrained into our society, and it’s going to be really difficult to get rid of them,” said Jeanine LeBlanc, a Baton Rouge resident. 
 
Right now, the decision to tax or even ban plastic bags is up to your local government, and it looks like things will stay that way. One lawmaker did want to change that. Representative Paul Hollis of Covington proposed a bill to restrict local officials from adopting plastic bag legislation, then revised his bill to say it should be up to the people. 
 
“I think lawmakers have more important things they need to decide on other than plastic bags,” said LeBlanc. 
 
Plastic is one of the most difficult materials to recycle, and LeBlanc thinks the bags should be banned all together.  
 
“I believe plastic bags should be eliminated. I believe that reusable tote bags are so much more convenient and better for the environment because they don’t get thrown away. You just reuse them,” said LeBlanc. 
 
Derrick Coats and Marcus Cook disagree. They do not think taxes are the answers.  
 
“No, I would use the same bags,” said Cook. 
 
“Save-A-Lot is the only store I know that do tax because and I just think that’s unbelievable, and to me that not the right thing to do,” said Coats. 
 
There are no ordinances in East Baton Rouge Parish regarding plastic bags. In New Orleans, officials there are looking to put a 10-cent tax on plastic bags and five cents on paper. 
 

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