Tuesday night, the council held the first reading on the issue. The second reading will happen at the next council meeting, and it’s expected to pass after that and become law.
This ban would impact all stores and businesses in the city of Ashland. While plastic bags would no longer be an option, paper bags would be available to shoppers at a cost of $0.10 per bag.
City Councilwoman Pam Marsh says there will be a six-month grace period, so businesses will have time to transition. Several businesses have already moved away from plastic bags on their own.