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Attempt to override veto of Omaha plastic bag ban fails

June 4, 2019

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An attempt to override Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert’s veto of a ban on most single-use plastic bags by retailers has failed.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that the override vote Tuesday by the City Council was 4-3, falling one vote short. The ban measure’s sponsors, Councilmen Pete Festersen and Ben Gray, say they were unable to sway a fifth council member to switch positions. The original vote on the ban also was 4-3.

The measure would ban plastic bags from all retailers larger than 10,000 square feet by 2022.

Stothert had questioned the measure’s effectiveness in fighting litter.

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Information from: Omaha World-Herald, http://www.omaha.com

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