Bill to prevent SD cities from banning plastic bags advances

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LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 18: A clerk bags groceries in plastic grocery bags on June 18, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. The Los Angeles City Council is expected to vote on a proposed law would prohibit stores that sell pershiable goods for handing out the plastic grocery bags and fines would will be imposed […]

PIERRE, South Dakota (KCAU) – A bill to prevent South Dakota cities from banning plastic bags and straws is advancing at the state Legislature.

The Senate Commerce and Energy Committee approved the bill on a 4-2 vote Tuesday. The measure now goes to the full Senate.

The Argus Leader reports committee members heard testimony about the impact the bill would have on businesses, the environment, and people with disabilities.

The bill’s sponsor, Republican John Wiik of Big Stone City, said prohibiting cities from banning plastic bags and straws is needed because South Dakota is one large, spread-out small town, and that what is good for one small city should be good for all cities in the state.

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