Bottle bill expansion getting watered down

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by By Associated Press

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Posted on May 5, 2009 at 4:35 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 6 at 1:22 PM

SALEM, Ore. -- An expansion to Oregon's bottle bill, which has already had a rocky path through the legislature this session, is being sent back to committee by the House for the third time.

The bill expands the sorts of drinks for which consumers must pay deposits. The new bottles include those for coffee and sports beverages among others.

House members voted Tuesday to kick it to the revenue committee so that members can consider adding a provision to the bill allowing the state to keep some of the $20 million to $30 million in unclaimed deposits.

The bill debuted as a strong expansion of the existing bottle bill. It increased the deposit from a nickel to a dime and included liquor bottles. But those pieces were stripped from the legislation during its second trip to committee.

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