Plastic bag ban, question on PACs on South Hadley ballot

Both questions are non-binding

SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – Residents in the Town of South Hadley voted on two non-binding ballot questions Tuesday night.

Question 1, which asked to reduce the influence of political action committees and limit donations to campaigns, passed; 921 voted Yes and 552 voted No.

Question 2 was on banning single-use plastic bags in town, which passed by a better than 4 to 1 margin; 1,123 voted Yes and 268 voted No. This comes after the Town Meeting could not come up with a decision on the topic back in January.

Tuesday’s results were non-binding, but these results could put the issues on the warrant for the annual Town Meeting. “It’s very similar to a poll question. It would then be up to the Select Board to decide whether the answer they get from the public today is sufficient for them to bring a warrant article relevant to banning plastic bags,” Town Administrator Michael Sullivan said.