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By ANITA HOFSCHNEIDER Associated Press
HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii lawmakers in both the House and Senate want to charge a 10-cent fee for single-use checkout bags.
A bill banning disposable bags altogether is also scheduled to be introduced in the House Thursday.
Sen. Russell Ruderman says the fee proposal is part of a worldwide movement toward reusable bags.
He says the revenue will be dedicated to protecting the environment.
Hawaii House Majority Leader Scott Saiki says he supports the idea of a fee, but says that it might be better addressed at the county level. Last May Honolulu became the last county in the state to approve a ban on plastic shopping bags.
Gov. Neil Abercrombie advocated a fee for disposable bags during his State of the State address on Tuesday.
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