Ban Bag Bans? Seriously?

Connector Spring 2016

The Michigan Senate voted to ban local communities from banning plastic bags.

Senate Bill 853 would prevent local communities from instituting bans or putting fees on containers like bags, cups, bottles or packaging. Senator Jim Stamas, proponent of the bill, told the Senate Commerce Committee last month that such a law would create consistency, especially for businesses that operate branches across the state and would have to abide by multiple regulations. He said no Michigan community currently bans plastic bags, but some were considering it.

The Senate approved the measure 25-12 along mostly partisan lines. All Democrats except Sen. David Knezek, D-Dearnborn, voted against the measure. Three Republicans crossed over to join the Democrats in voting against it.

The bill heads now to the House of Representatives. It would have to be approved by that body and signed by Gov. Rick Snyder to become law.