The Salem City Council is poised to ban plastic shopping bags citywide and give businesses deadlines in April and September 2019, depending on their size, to fall in line with the rules.

The council voted Monday to send the bill to a second reading, where they’ll vote on whether to formally adopt the ban. Deputy City Attorney Natasha Zimmerman said she anticipated the ordinance would go before councilors at their Nov. 13 meeting.

The ban, percolating since May, got a sizable rewrite ahead of Monday’s council meeting. Gone, for example, was a section of the ordinance exempting companies with 10 or fewer workers from charging for paper bags.

That exemption was developed more than 10 years ago, accommodating technological limitations for small businesses, according to a city staff report. It might not be needed anymore, the report stated.

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