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DENVER — Plastic bag use at grocery stores will remain free in Colorado.

On Wednesday, a bill by Rep. Paul Rosenthal, D-Denver, to tax plastic bag use at 25 cents per visit died in committee.

The use of plastic bags at grocery stores has come under heavy scrutiny in recent years. It’s estimated Americans use 100 billion each year.

While Rosenthal, along with other Democrats, supported the measure, it was some Democrats and Republicans in the Local Government Committee who killed the bill Wednesday.

The bill would have raised money to go toward affordable housing.

Some cities and states have banned the use of plastic bags, including many Colorado towns such as Vail and Telluride.