Danvers Democratic Rep. Ted Speliotis, a key committee chairman, is likewise skeptical about a statewide government ban.
“I believe we have to be cautious on how government steps in on any transaction,” he said.
In this case, people are already voluntarily opting for paper bags or bringing their own reusable ones.
“People make that choice on a daily basis,” Speliotis said.
He added that he’s willing to discuss the measure with Ehrlich.
“But I think you have to be careful in mandating your choice on environmental issues,” he said.