Bill Haider, Marlene Haider
March 18, 2017-
We’re surprised Rep. Tim O’Driscoll, a past mayor of Sartell, is sponsoring a bill that takes away local control. HF1504 (senate companion bill SF 1195) prevents local governments from deciding on use of plastic bags. Across the country, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is pushing similar bills. ALEC, a lobbying group disguised as a non-profit, is a front for billionaires to get legislators to do their bidding. We wonder what legislators get in return?
For you and I, these bills are more about local control than about bags. We elect our local officials to decide local issues, so let them do their job! For ALEC members, like the Koch brothers, who in this case make money on plastics, these bills are about more money — for them, not for us. Localities must deal with the more than one million plastic bags that are used every hour of every day. Bags are difficult to recycle, clog recycling machines and are expensive to dispose and clean up from roadsides and rivers.