Michigan Senate approves ban on local regulation of plastic bags


By: Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Senate has voted to prohibit local governments from regulating the sale of plastic bags and food containers.

The bill approved 25-12 mostly along party lines Tuesday is an effort by businesses to stop municipalities from banning the bags or adding fees to use them. Some communities in Michigan are discussing the regulation of plastic bags, though no ordinances have been passed yet.

Majority Republicans support the proposed law as a way to ensure consistent regulations statewide. Democrats say the bill erodes local control.

Some municipalities such as Washtenaw County are considering a ban on plastic bags in favor of reusable bags — saying the plastic ones are wasteful, hurt the environment and cause damage in recycling facilities.

The bill next goes to the Republican-led House.