State lawmakers this afternoon met with Mayor Sam Adams
about his efforts to ban plastic bags in Portland,
a move that could upset plans in Salem to enact a statewide ban.
The 12:30 pm meeting at City Hall doesn't appear on Adams' schedule, which suggests it was pulled together relatively spontaneously; a spokesman for the mayor did not respond immediately to a request for comment on what prompted the meeting.
Sen. Mark Hass (D-Raleigh Hills) says he met with Adams along with Sens. Jackie Dingfelder (D-Portland) and Diane Rosenbaum (D-Portland). All three Democratic lawmakers are supporters of a statewide ban that would take effect in 2012, if passed by the Legislature.
"I think he's going to think it [the city's approach] over," Hass says of Adams. "A statewide solution makes the most sense."