Democratic state Reps. Anna Eskamani and Michael Grieco are once again pushing a bill (HB 6043) that would allow local municipalities to ban single-use plastics such as plastic bags. Florida law currently blocks local governments from acting on the issue. “[N]o local government, local governmental agency, or state government agency may enact any rule, regulation, or ordinance regarding use, disposition, sale, prohibition, restriction, or tax of such auxiliary containers, wrappings, or disposable plastic bags,” the current law reads.
Eskamani and Grieco attempted to change that with a bill last Session, which would strike that portion of the statute. But the bill died in committee. Now, the duo is back with another attempt ahead of the 2020 Legislative Session. The legislation serves as a companion measure to a bill filed by Sen. Linda Stewart in August (SB 182). “Removing the state’s preemption on banning single-use plastic and Polystyrene is not only the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do,” argued Grieco, a former Miami Beach Commissioner.