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Bill would block local action on plastic bags

March 5, 2018

The Norman Transcript,

March 1, 2018-

Any city council members with local policy plans regarding plastic bags may not even get the chance to have them heard. A bill drafted by State Sen. James Leewright, R-Bristow, will pre-empt any municipal government’s decision in Oklahoma to restrict, prohibit, tax or issue any ordinance regulating “auxiliary containers,” including plastic bags. It passed out of the Senate General Government Committee and is now lined up for a vote this session.

Norman city leaders have explored the possibility of a fee system for the use of plastic bags within city limits, though no formal discussions have occurred. Ward 4 council member Bill Hickman and Ward 6 council member Breea Clark said in a previous Transcript story that they would be in favor of action to try and limit the amount of plastic bag litter in Norman. Leewright has not returned multiple calls to his office for comment. Clark said she hasn’t heard from the senator either, despite efforts to speak to him about the bill.

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