AUGUSTA — Dozens of people showed up to comment on a half-dozen bills that seek to weaken the state’s 33-year-old bottle redemption law.

The hearing has been under way since 9 a.m. before the Legislature’s Environment and Natural Resources Committee.

Most of those commenting say they oppose any changes to the law, fearing job losses, increased roadside litter and dwindling proceeds for organizations that depend on the 5- and 15-cent deposits for fundraising.

Those speaking in favor of the bills, which would exempt wine bottles and beverage containers over 28 ounces, included beverage manufacturers and distributors.


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