By MyFM's Rick Michaels - The Town of Franklin is expected to be the next community to pass a plastic checkout bag prohibition, when Town Councilors meet tonight to approve a by law eliminating the usage of thin film, single use plastic bags at checkout, by all retailers in the town. The ban includes any retail operation, which sells goods, food or provides personal services to the public including restaurants. Customers can bring their own reusable shopping bags to stores some stores may offer such bags for sale at checkout. Thin film plastic bags will still be used for newspaper deliveries dry cleaning to contain produce, meat, wet items and other similar merchandise typically these bags are without handles. This by law if approved will take effect on and after July 1st subject to a one time, three month long compliance extension, granted by the Town Administrator at his discretion. The Town Council will hold three public hearings tonight making changes to limit the number of ground mounted Solar Energy Systems within the town's residential areas and two zoning map changes, where parcels of land are within two zoning districts, moving them into one zoning district. Councilors will also vote to amend the by law for municipal service fees to allow for an ambulance billing hardship for residents of Franklin, who qualify for a discount or waiver of ambulance service fee.