New Amendment Would Prohibit Municipalities from Regulating Single-Use Plastics

A new amendment to a state bill would make it illegal for municipalities to regulate, prohibit or charge a fee for many single-use plastic items, the Times Free Press reports. The bill would implement statewide standards for auxiliary devices: bags, cups, bottles, straws, to-go boxes, delivery packaging and more — whether they are reusable or single-use. Opponents believe the bill is overreaching, but legislators argue it will create statewide standards that are easier to follow. The bill would immediately kill any municipality's ability to limit the use of single-use pollutants through local regulations, leaving such decisions up to the state, which does not currently have plans to implement such restrictions.
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