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January 21, 2019

State Representative Gina Hinojosa of Austin filed HB 514 in December, a bill which would restore the right of local governments to restrict single-use bag pollution in their communities. The Texas Supreme Court struck down at least 10 such ordinances in communities ac...

August 3, 2018

The Texas Supreme Court handed a loss to local government on Friday, striking down a Laredo ban on plastic bags. The decision imperils about a dozen other cities' bans across the state.


In a decision viewed as one of the court’s most highly politicized of the term, jus...

July 3, 2018

Just because the Texas Supreme Court struck down bag ordinances in Texas doesn't mean that retailers have to pollute our state with single-use bags. If Texas retailers would simply refrain from using single-use bags, they could save money and reduce pollution.

Big retai...

June 15, 2018

The City of Austin passed a ban on single-use plastic bags in 2013. (Julia Reihs/KUT)


A decision expected soon from the state Supreme Court could hobble Austin's ability to regulate plastic bag litter and contamination.
 

At issue is the meaning of the words “solid wast...

Lawyers spent almost an hour in the Texas Supreme Court arguing whether Laredo’s 2015 ban on plastic grocery bags was illegal. The future of bag bans in cities across the state could hinge on the case. 

Single-use bag ban advocates hold a press conference before the Tex...

The state Supreme Court’s decision could have far-reaching implications for Texas cities that already have similar bag bans, as well as other cities such as Galveston that are considering enacting their own.

January 8, 2018

After nearly ten years of grassroots organizing, the City of Laredo joined nine other Texas cities when in passing its Single-Use Checkout Bag ordinance in 2015. The Laredo Merchants Association sued to stop it from going into effect. A State District Court Judge ruled...

May 31, 2017

Since 2009, every time the Texas Legislature has met in its regular session, one or more bills have been introduced to pre-emption local ordinances on single-use bags.

In the 2017 session, Senate Bill 103 received a hearing in the Senate Business and Commerce Committe...

April 25, 2017

In the pre-dawn darkness Tuesday, friends Lila Mankad and Caoilin Krathaus, both 11-years-old, piled into a car in Houston with each of their fathers to deliver a message to lawmakers in Austin: Ban single-use plastic bags.
 

The two kids, who started an organization ca...

Houston Chronicle: Galveston tries to outwit bag-ban foes

City ordinance that would prohibit plastic sacks facing fierce opposition

GALVESTON - Reacting to a groundswell of concern about the effect of plastic bags on the environment, Galveston is on the forefront of a st...

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