A new bill has been introduced in the Idaho Legislature to overturn a law passed in 2016 that prohibits cities and counties from enacting plastic bag bans.
House Bill 54 was introduced earlier this week by House Minority Leader Rep. Ilana Rubel (D-Boise) in the [House] [State Affairs] Committee.
The bill’s official Statement of Purpose is as follows:
This legislation repeals existing code that preempts local regulation of auxiliary containers such as plastic bags restoring local control.
HB 54 is co-sponsored by the following legislators: Sen. David Nelson (D-Moscow), Sen. Ali Rabe (D-Boise), Sen. Michelle Stennett (D-Ketchum), Sen. Janie Ward-Engelking (D-Boise), Sen. Melissa Wintrow (D-Boise), Rep. John McCrostie (D-Garden City), Rep. Colin Nash (D-Boise), Rep. Lauren Necochea (D-Boise).
States like Oregon have enacted statewide bans on plastic bags. Idaho however has chosen to have a state preemption law that prohibits local municipalities from enacting their own bans.
Rubel, proposed the same legislation last legislative session as well.
There is currently no public hearing scheduled for HB 54.
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