Missouri lawmaker wants to pass bill that would prevent cities from banning plastic products


MISSOURI (Fox News) As states across the country consider anti-plastic legislation, a Missouri lawmaker is doing the opposite and pushing for laws that would prevent cities from banning plastic products.

A new bill proposed in Missouri’s statehouse would prevent local lawmakers from banning or imposing a tax on plastic products, including cups and straws.

The measure is an extension of current laws in the state that stop cities from banning paper and plastic bags. 

In a statement to Fox News, House Representative Dan Shaul said his bill proposal is about keeping the government out of decisions that should be left to consumers and businesses.

For John Schulte, Owner of Shulte’s Fresh Foods in Jefferson City, Missouri, his choice of using plastic has to do with the company’s bottom line.

Schulte said, “the plastic offers a nice visual for the product.  You can see the product better. If the product looks good and the visibility is good, you’re more apt to sell that product and sell a lot of it.

Other businesses, however, are choosing alternatives.

Right now states like Hawaii, California and New Jersey are all debating stricter rules on the use of plastics.

While cities like Chicago and Boston have gone further to ban single-use plastic bags.

That’s why opponents of the bill say local jurisdictions should have a say in addressing plastic products in their communities.

If the bill passes, it will go into effect later this year.

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