Bottle Bill Dies in Conference Committee

Legislators decide to take the bottle bill amendment out of the jobs act.


The bottle bill will not make it to the governor's desk this year. 

The controversial proposal was included as an amendment to the Senate jobs bill but scrapped Monday in conference committee, according to an aide to its sponsor, Sen. Robert Hedlund (R-Weymouth). The jobs bill is expected to be laid before Gov. Deval Patrick Tuesday, the last day of the legislative session.

The amendment had faced strong opposition in the House, with Speaker Robert DeLeo describing it as a tax. Hedlund disputed this view, saying that taxes can't be redeemed. 

The expansion to the 31-year-old law designed to promote recycling and reduce litter would have added plastic bottles used for water, juices, iced tea and sports drinks to the list of containers subject to the 5-cent bottle deposit. Under the law, these types of containers carry a 5-cent redeemable deposit that can be collected when they are returned to the store. 

Opponents said the bill would have increased costs for businesses and consumers. Supporters said it would have encouraged more recycling.

The governor has said that the state could collect up to $58 million a year on unredeemed bottles, and that the program cuts the cost to city of recycling the bottles. 

Sonny Beaches August 01, 2012 at 11:51 AM
Move to Weymouth and run lickspittle, prove you can run something other than your mouth.
Paul Fahey August 01, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Yes John that is brilliant...lose another Republican seat in the State Senate! They can already meet in a phone booth. You are quite the strategist!!! And Sonny is right...I dare you to ever run for anything except cover!!
John DiMascio August 01, 2012 at 09:13 PM
As always people too gutless to put their names on their comments accuse me of running for cover or only running my mouth. As for Hedlund, if he's going to sponsor uber-liberal legislation, then he he's not a Republican. It's pretty pathetic that the Democrat speaker of the house has to lecture a so-called Republican State Senator on how ridiculous his proposal is. It's just more unwarranted interference in the private sector and another needless imposition on consumers and store owners.
Sonny Beaches August 01, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Nickel deposit on empties is uber-liberal? C'mon Lickspittle, if your man Willard is elected the the only income available to the anonymous will be from collecting empties. Look at it as fostering entrepreneurship, a fine Republican tradition, just ask Willard's daddy...Warbucks Romney.
Gary M August 01, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Paul, The real question is why is Deleo not in support of waste reduction and increased recycling? From the sounds of things he may not be around long anyway - that probation dept investigation isn't closed. It's amazing that people still toe the party line in the face of such corruption. I'm sorry, but if 3 leaders (maybe 4 now) of a political party go to jail for corruption, I'm switching.. http://www.telegram.com/article/20120722/COLUMN05/107229777/-1/mobile&TEMPLATE=MOBILE


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