Newtown officials are highlighting an ordinance that's already in effect, but has a grace period. The legislative Council adopted the Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance June 5th. Public notice was issued the same month, and took effect June 28th. The language gave a 4 month time period to allow retailers to use up their existing inventory. The "operative date" in the ordinance is October 28th. The ordinance text is posted online in the Code Book section of the town website under "new laws" and copies are available in the Town Clerks Office.