Legislature votes to block bag-banning efforts in MI

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Efforts to rid Michigan communities of plastic shopping bags would be banned under legislation headed to Gov. Rick Snyder.

The Republican-controlled House approved the bill on a mostly party-line 62-46 vote Thursday. The measure won Senate passage in May.

The bill would prohibit local governments from regulating, prohibiting or imposing a fee on the use or sale of “auxiliary containers” — which are defined as reusable or single-use bags, cups, bottles or other packaging from stores and restaurants.

More than 150 municipalities across the country have banned the environmentally unfriendly plastic bags or charged a fee.

None are in Michigan, though at least two counties — Washtenaw and Muskegon — have considered whether to limit the bags.

Democrats said the state should not strip local communities of decision-making.