Created: 02/27/2014 9:20 AM
By: The Associated Press
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Santa Fe's new ban on merchants providing shoppers with plastic carryout bags is now in effect but the city is postponing enforcement and also dropping a planned 10-cent fee for paper shopping bags.
The City Council on Wednesday voted to drop the fee after lawyers for the city said it can't be levied under New Mexico law.
The council also voted to postpone enforcement of the plastic-ban taking effect Thursday until March 27 in order to provide merchants with a 30-day grace period.
Restaurants are exempted from the plastic-ban, as are bags for produce and bags for bulk items such as baked goods.
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