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Minneapolis City Council approves 5-cent fee on bags

It's often referred to as a "plastic bag" fee, but it will apply to paper as well.

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minneapolis City Council has unanimously approved a 5-cent fee on plastic and paper retail bags.

The plan to cut back on plastic bag use has been a long time coming. The council tried to put an all-out ban on plastic bags back in 2016, but that was nullified by the Minnesota Legislature just days before it was to take effect in 2017.

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During the same year, council member Cam Gordon proposed an ordinance to add the 5-cent surcharge, but it was put on hold.

Finally, Gordon's proposal has been adopted, with a unanimous vote Friday by the city council.

The fee will apply to "single use plastic and paper carry out retail bags."

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In the same vote, the city council approved a ban on "conversion therapy" that attempts to "cure" people of being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer.

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