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Ohio governor opposes state barring local bans on plastic bags

Gov. Mike DeWine opposes a pair of bills offered by fellow Republicans that would forbid municipalities and counties from banning single-use plastic bags by groceries and other stores.

Posted: Dec 5, 2019 6:38 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s governor wants state lawmakers to drop bills that would prohibit local governments from forbidding the use of plastic bags.

Gov. Mike DeWine opposes a pair of bills offered by fellow Republicans that would forbid municipalities and counties from banning single-use plastic bags by groceries and other stores.

Some local governments, including Cuyahoga County and the Columbus suburb of Bexley, are trying to regulate the use of plastic bags in an effort to reduce litter and plastic waste in landfills.

Some lawmakers and business groups say the local bans make it harder for grocers and other businesses to operate.

DeWine said Wednesday it would be a mistake for state lawmakers to override local government decisions.

State government should allow allow local communities to do “what they think is best,” the governor said.

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