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Changes to the popular Beverage Container Control Act, more commonly referred to as the Bottle Bill, advanced out of the House Ways & Means Committee this week.

The current bill, HF 814, makes changes to the collection of beverage containers and creates new penalties for violations of the bottle bill. The bill also changes the process for retailers to refuse to accept cans under the law.

House Democrats called for a public hearing on the proposal. The public hearing will give interested citizens and stakeholders a chance to tell legislators what is important to them. Public comments will be able to be submitted at legis.iowa.gov. The Iowa Legislature website will also include a link to livestream the public hearing.

Because the bill was passed out of the House Ways & Means Committee, it will now be eligible to be debated by the full House until the end of session.

Author: Ross Wilburn