Oregon votes to ban plastic bags

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon could become the latest state in the nation to prohibit single-use plastic shopping bags.

The Senate voted 17-12 to prohibit grocery stores and restaurants from providing plastic checkout bags. Stores will still able to offer recyclable plastic and paper bags for a minimum 5-cent fee.

The bill now goes to the governor.

Plastic bags are one of the most common types of beach litter. The World Economic Forum reports 8 million metric tons of plastic enter the ocean each year.

Republicans took issue with the fee saying it punished consumers. Some also said single-use bags are more sanitary.

California was the first state to prohibit plastic bags with New York state following suit earlier this year. Hawaii bans all types of single-use bags, both paper and plastic.