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Cook Adds Provision to Repeal Plastic Ban

RALEIGH — Sen. Bill Cook, R-Beaufort, and also representing Currituck, Dare and Hyde counties, added on Thursday an amendment to an environmental regulatory bill that would repeal a longstanding ban on single-use plastic bags on the Outer Banks.

Cook amended Senate Bill 434 during an Agriculture/Environment/Natural Resources standing committee meeting, calling the ban ineffective. The bill is to be entitled An Act to Amend Certain Environmental and Natural Resources Laws.

Rep. Beverly Boswell, R-Dare, introduced a bill last month attempting to repeal the ban as well. However, local Outer Banks businesses and a number of local governments have expressed opposition to the repeal.

No local government officials were present for the standing committee meeting.

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