ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Starting next year, store owners in Homer will no longer be giving customers plastic shopping bags.
The Homer City Council on Monday passed a ban on the bags.
Councilman David Lewis says the ordinance arose from concern over land and marine pollution caused by plastic bags. Lewis says Homer’s economy is based on tourism and fisheries, and there are plenty of other good alternatives.
Small plastic bags used to hold items such as baked goods will continue to be allowed.
Homer is the latest Alaska community to ban plastic bags. Bethel also Hooper Bay also have laws against their use.
A citizen-sponsored ballot proposition last year would have taxed them in Juneau, but the measure failed.
Homer’s ordinance takes effect January 1, 2013.
- Local education officials are applying for state money to replace and repair leaky roofs at several Juneau schools. About $5 million is coming in over the next five years earmarked for school maintenance from sales tax money that voters approved in the Oct. 3 election.
- "They’re calling it GTA, grand theft Anchorage, right now," said Rep. Lora Reinbold, who says she wants to repeal Senate Bill 91. "It’s outrageous, what’s going on in the city that I love.”
- After several failed motions, the Alcohol Control Board couldn’t come to an agreement. They’ll revisit the advisory at a November meeting.
- The prosecution has rested its case in the homicide trial underway in Juneau Superior Court. Strawn, who was charged for Brandon Cook's death in October 2015, now has a chance to present his own evidence and witnesses.