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05/22/2015 at 06:35 am - David Williams


This article appeared in The Washington Examiner on May 18, 2015

Two neighboring states with similar environmental challenges are forging wholly distinct approaches to the old supermarket question: "Paper or plastic?" One state government bought into junk science and suspect emotional appeals about plastic bags, while the second did what's best for the environment and economy. You might be surprised to learn which is which. In California last year, Gov. Jerry Brown green-lighted a first-in-the-nation statewide ban on lightweight plastic bags and a dime-a-bag fee on paper bags. But directly to the east, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed a ban on municipal bans of plastic grocery totes into law last month. (Missouri, too, got in on the pre-emption act this month when its legislature also stripped cities of the regulatory ability to ban bags.) Soon, California voters will have an opportunity to bring the two states into alignment by overturning the plastic bag ban in a ballot referendum.

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