House endorses bill banning plastic bag fees and bans
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House endorses bill banning plastic bag fees and bans

Date: March 17, 2015
By: Steven Anthony
State Capitol Bureau

After Columbia withdrew its proposed plastic bag ban, the action has shifted to the Missouri Legislature and the House has taken the first step to preventing cities like Columbia from imposing a ban.
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Wrap: Representative Dan Shaul of Jefferson County said his bill to ban plastic bag bans and fees ensures consumers are in control.

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Description: "This bill doesn't hinder efforts from local government to recycle. This bill is about choice."

Shaul even got support from St. Louis County Democrat Alan Green.

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Description: "I'm for this bill. Matter of fact, I think we should have choice: paper, plastic, resuables. Real simple."

The bill was given first-round approval by a voice vote of the House.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Steven Anthony.

Democrats attacked a bill banning plastic bag bans and fees as interfering with local control in a House debate Tuesday.
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Wrap: St. Louis County Democrat Margo McNeil questioned Jefferson County Republican Dan Shaul's motivations behind a bill that would prohibit cities from imposing a plastic bag ban or fee.

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Description: "But we in this august body are trying to tell the Columbia or any other city what we feel they want and what we feel their constituents want, isn't that correct?"

The issue of preventing plastic bag bans has fallen to state lawmakers because Columbia proposed a plastic bag ban earlier this year, but the council withdrew the proposal, saying the public needed more time to be educated on the issue.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Steven Anthony.

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