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It's an effort that, despite several setbacks, seems to persist, as bottle bill advocates push again to expand the state's current law. The Legislature appears to be deadlocked over whether to support an expansion. And the issue could go before voters in November as backers of an expansion are facing a July 2 deadline to gather enough signatures to place a referendum on the fall ballot. While the state Senate has endorsed an expansion of the law to cover water and sports drinks, House Speaker Robert DeLeo remains hesitant. He recently told State House News Service that he considers expansion of the law a “tax.” Proponents, meanwhile, contend that the extension of a 5-cent deposit to each container of water and sports drinks will help the environment. They also say an expansion enjoys widespread public support. Opponents claim that the proposed expansion would be too much of a burden for retailers, and that a more efficient and cost-effective expansion of curbside recycling is the way to go. Where do you stand? Please vote!

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Do you support a ballot question that would expand the current bottle bill to include non-carbonated beverages, such as sports drinks and water?
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