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2016 Senate Bill 853: Preempt local plastic bag bans

Public Act 389 of 2016

Introduced by Sen. Jim Stamas (R) on March 15, 2016 To preempt local governments from imposing regulations and restrictions on plastic grocery bags or other "auxiliary containers," defined as a disposable or reusable bag, cup, bottle, or other packaging. At least two counties are reportedly considering bag bans.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Commerce Committee on March 15, 2016
Reported in the Senate on April 28, 2016 With the recommendation that the bill pass.
Amendment offered by Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) on May 10, 2016 To still allow local voters to ban plastic grocery bags.
The amendment failed 11 to 26 in the Senate on May 10, 2016.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
Amendment offered by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D) on May 10, 2016 To give local governments 20 months to enact plastic grocery bag bans.
The amendment failed 11 to 26 in the Senate on May 10, 2016.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
Amendment offered by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D) on May 10, 2016 To mandate that stores to accept plastic grocery bags returned by consumers for recycling, and then reuse or recycle them.
The amendment failed 10 to 27 in the Senate on May 10, 2016.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
Passed 25 to 12 in the Senate on May 10, 2016.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
(same description)
To preempt local governments from imposing regulations and restrictions on plastic grocery bags or other "auxiliary containers," defined as a disposable or reusable bag, cup, bottle, or other packaging. At least two counties are reportedly considering bag bans.
Received in the House on May 10, 2016
Referred to the House Commerce and Trade Committee on May 10, 2016
Reported in the House on September 20, 2016 Without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
Amendment offered by Rep. Jeff Irwin (D) on November 30, 2016 To allow Washtenaw County to continue enforcing its bag tax, and allow others to impose a bag tax or ban if they act before 2018.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on November 30, 2016
Passed 62 to 46 in the House on December 1, 2016.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To preempt local governments from imposing regulations, restrictions or taxes on plastic grocery bags or other "auxiliary containers," defined as a disposable or reusable bag, cup, bottle, or other packaging. Washtenaw County has already imposed a bag tax and reportedly others are considering bans.
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on December 28, 2016

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