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Prairie Village Considers Ban on Plastic Bags

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PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas City suburb of Prairie Village, Kansas, is considering enacting a ban or fines for using plastic grocery bags. Similar efforts in other U.S. cities have met with resistance and threats of lawsuits. But some cities, such as Seattle and Chicago, and the entire state of California, have banned the bags, which some consider bad for the environment. The Kansas City Star reports Roeland Park and Garden City, Kansas, both studied the issue but dropped it. Ben Claypool, chairman of a citizens committee studying the issue in Prairie Village, says the idea is getting a lot of support. However, the process has just started and is expected to take months. Columbia, Missouri, also is considering an ordinance that would prohibit anyone selling perishable food from providing the bags.

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