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Plastic Bag Protection Bill Heads To Governor’s Desk

Senate Passes Measure Prohibiting Local Bans

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State senators voted Tuesday night to block local governments from banning plastic grocery bags.

Appleton Republican Sen. Roger Roth said GOP lawmakers sponsored this plan after seeing plastic bag bans pop up in other states.

“And what we find out is that they’re bad for consumers because it ends up costing them more money. They’re bad for our small businesses and our retailers,” said Risser.

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While local governments have not banned plastic bags in Wisconsin, the Eau Claire City Council considered the idea, only to put it on hold. Democrats said local governments should have the option if they want it. Kenosha Democratic Sen. Robert Wirch said the GOP bill was an intrusion on local control.

“Let duly elected local officials make these decisions instead of big government Republicans,” Wirch said.

The plan now heads to Gov. Scott Walker’s desk.