Redemption centers, which have not had an increase since 1990 in the 2.25-cent fee distributors must pay them for every bottle returned, would get an additional penny a bottle if the bill becomes law.
As Janet Domenitz watched the action on the Senate floor Thursday night waiting anxiously for Amendment 36 — one of more than 100 amendments — the vote came so quickly and inaudibly that she wasn’t sure what happened.
It wasn’t until she began receiving tweets from supporters watching the Senate online that she realized the bill had finally passed a major hurdle.
“The Senate finally heeded what 77 percent of the public supports, what 208 towns have endorsed, and what 350 small businesses have signed on to support,” she said. “They said it couldn’t be done, [but] this changes everything.”