New Jersey Senate votes to ban plastic, paper bags

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(AP) - New Jersey is again looking to change the way customers take home food and beverages.

The state Senate on Thursday voted to ban single-use plastic and paper bags along with foam containers.

The bill would not ban plastic straws. Customers would have to request them.

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Businesses that violate the ban would face a warning for a first offense, a fine of up to $1,000 for a second offense and a $5,000 fine for subsequent offenses.

The measure failed to advance in the last legislative session and the Assembly was working on its own version.

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