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Backing Off the Bag Ban?

By Margaret Lyons in News on Mar 14, 2008 4:23PM

2008_3_14.baggie.jpgThat ridiculous bag ban that would criminalize tiny baggies has hit a bump in the road to useless legislation. Health Committee chairman Ed Smith is holding the ban in committee until everyone can air his or her concerns about how stupid the idea is, and what a waste of time and energy and resources it would be, about how people use those baggies for all kinds of things, and transport and keep drugs in a wide variety of vessels, etc.

6th Ward Alderman Fredrenna Lyle says she's against the ban, telling the Sun-Times, "We've got enough laws we can't enforce. We don't want to make any more or criminalize legal conduct." Lyle isn't on the Health committee, but here's hoping aldermen Smith, Cardenas, Fioretti, Dowell, Harris, Thompson, Dixon, Burnett, Mell, Austin, Colon, Reilly, Shiller and Moore listen to her. [S-T]