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Mon Dec 16, 2019, 06:49 AM

Ohio House Passes Bill Forbidding Municipalities From Banning Plastic Bags

Municipalities in Ohio would be prohibited from banning plastic bags under a proposed law the Ohio House of Representatives passed yesterday.

Supporters of the legislation ó mostly Republican lawmakers and business groups like the Ohio Chamber of Commerce ó say it will keep business owners from having to navigate a "patchwork" of regulations and fees around bags and other so-called "auxiliary containers" like disposable cups and straws.

Opponents, including a number of House Democrats, say the bill would violate home rule provisions in Ohio law that allow municipalities to set their own regulations. Some Democrats also pointed out that disposable bags, cups and containers contribute to the millions of pounds of trash that pollute the Great Lakes and fill local l)andfills.

Back in May, West Chester State Rep. George Lang, the bill's co-sponsor, told the Statehouse News Bureau that the proposed law was about "just stopping the ability to tax" establishments that don't observe plastic bag bans. Lang claimed that blocking the bans would keep residents from moving out of Ohio.

Read more: https://www.citybeat.com/news/blog/21105999/ohio-house-passes-bill-forbidding-municipalities-from-banning-plastic-bags
(Cincinnati Citybeat)

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon Dec 16, 2019, 07:19 AM

1. This really makes me mad!

Ohio and itís republicans!

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon Dec 16, 2019, 07:38 AM

2. I like the plastic grocery bags partly because I always reuse them. Those are my cat poo bags

when I clean out the litter box. I also use them for wrapping anything I freeze short term. Same thing with the clear plastic produce bags. They end up in the landfill, but at least the did double duty and save me from buying more freezer bags or little trash bags.

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Response to brewens (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 16, 2019, 07:49 AM

3. How about all the other stuff

like cups and straws! Itís time to move away from plastic!

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