MILFORD - State lawmakers are considering a plan to charge a nickel for plastic and paper grocery bags.

The General Assembly's Environment Committee held a public hearing today on the issue.  Committee members say residents spoke for and against the idea of imposing a 5-cent fee on bags to help communities pay for their recycling programs.

Some communities, such as Westport, have already banned plastic shopping bags from stores.

Lawmakers say if the bill is passed by the committee, it would have to be voted on by June 8.  They say the measure would allow Westport to continue its ban on bags, but prevent other communities from instituting new bans.