City Council will vote tonight whether to place a ban on single use plastic bags in the city. The ordinance would restrict the use of plastic bags to restaurants and second hand stores as of 2012, with shops in violation of the new law facing a $1,000 fine.

Under the same ordinance, stores will be required to charge 10 cents for paper bags, with that fee going up to 25 cents after the first year. People using food stamps or on welfare would be exempted from the fee.
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