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Weigh in on Forest Grove's plastic bag ban tonight

With Forest Grove residents holding strong opinions on both sides of the issue, the city's sustainability commission is asking for additional public input regarding a proposed plastic-bag ban at a public forum at 7 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, Sept. 2, in the community auditorium, 2015 Main St. Audience members will be given an opportunity to weigh in on the ban through an instant-polling mechanism. Similar bans have sparked controversy and conversation across the country since San Francisco implemented the first one in 2007.

The forum is co-sponsored by the city’s Sustainability Commission and the Committee for Citizen Involvement. Speakers will describe the current proposal and then argue for and against it before audience members break into small discussion groups and finally register their support or opposition through the instant poll.