BALTIMORE -- Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. on Wednesday vetoed a series of amendments to the county's upcoming plastic bag ban.
The county council passed carve-outs exempting liquor stores from needing to charge customers for bags and allowing businesses to sell thinner plastic bags along with reusable or paper bags.
The councilwith a bipartisan vote in February. Introduced by council member Izzy Patoka and two other council members, the bill passed 5 to 2.
"Now is not the time to undo that progress," the county executive said in a statement. "These two bills will unnecessarily allow more plastic bags to end up in our landfill and in our environment - counter to the goal we set together when we passed the bipartisan Bring Your Own Bag Act."
The ban goes into effect on November 1, but a 90-day enforcement grace period is in place for businesses.
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