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Plastic bag ban may get trashed

It looks like those plastic grocery bags will stay around for awhile.

Only 10 Assembly members agreed to co-sign a bill to ban them.

Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Madison, wants to make stores use biodegradable bags.

Grocers said it would cost shoppers more, and stores are encouraging folks to recycle the plastic bags. Pocan refused to believe that last claim.

He said the bags would pollute the ground in landfills for centuries. Pocan says the issue won't go away, and he'll bring it up again next year, assuming he's re-elected, that is.

Meanwhile, hundreds of bills face a quiet death this week after the Legislature ends its regular session for the year on Thursday.

Victims of priest sex abuse hope lawmakers will pass a measure that ends time restrictions for filing lawsuits. But Rep. Carol Owens, R-Oshkosh, says it might be unconstitutional.