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50 Reasons to be Optimistic About Our Future

… to move ourselves around, but improved technologies in automobiles — air bags, stronger and lighter metal alloys, the addition of crumple zones, etc. … Bar-Ziv’s research uses a process called “torrefaction” — heating biomass and plastic waste in oxygen-free conditions — to create what he calls “biocoal.” Bar-Ziv …

Let the Plastic Bag Bans Rest in Peace

Zombie-like bills rise from the dead again

… the banning of single-use plastic bags. Just like the horror … societies that dare to use a plastic bag only once. For example, … to the challenge of marine plastic pollution and raise frightening, … taxes or fees on single-use bags or other “auxiliary containers.” … attempt to resuscitate plastic bag bans. It is a mistake to …

Bill Would Repeal State Prohibition Of Local Bans On Grocery Bags

Cities could also ban or tax cloth, paper, plastic, cardboard, aluminum, glass or other ‘auxiliary containers’

… five-cent fee for each grocery bag. Since around 2007, several … municipalities from banning or taxing plastic grocery bags and certain other … virus. Since the first plastic bag bans in America were implemented … 2018 essay, “Persecuting Plastic Bags,” E. Frank Stephenson, … sought replacements for plastic bags, many turned to reusable …

COVID-19: Coalition Offers Blueprint for Health, Safety and Economic Opportunity

… benchmark progress. Allow Local Governments to Ban Plastic Bags: Single-use containers, plastic wrapping, and plastic bags are an effective means of limiting consumers’ …

Local Control or Too Much Control? Balancing the Rights of Citizens and State and Local Governments

Increasingly in recent years, local governments have asserted their power by passing occupational licensing requirements, banning the use of plastic bags and scooters, prohibiting short-term rentals, restricting ride-sharing, mandating business offer certain wages and employee benefits, and more. States …

Lame-Duck Legislator Calls For Penalties on Distributing Straws

'I wanted to make a statement,’ says sponsor of a bill in the Michigan House

… distribution of single-use plastic items in restaurants, including … Mason, would ban single-use plastic items from being sold or offered … December 2023. These single-use plastic items include cotton swabs, … that offers a single-use plastic straw to a customer who did … provide alternatives to plastic bags as examples of ways businesses …

Firearm Seizures, Sexual Assault, Lock Away Painkillers and More

Michigan Votes looks at some recently introduced bills

… at this time. House Bill 5871: Repeal local plastic bag ban preemption law Introduced by Rep. Robert … imposing regulations, restrictions or taxes on plastic grocery bags or other "auxiliary containers." Referred to committee, …

Lawmakers Prohibit Local Bans on Plastic Bags

Michigan likely to join 16 states with uniformity laws

… patchwork of local taxes on plastic and paper bag use. Michigan Senate Bill 853 … is poised to impose on each bag given at restaurants or store … consumers without reusable bags off-guard. Of those who are … of people already reuse plastic bags too. There is no reason …

December 2, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Give taxpayer cash to developers; permissive regs for Uber; ban local bag bans and more

… Bill 853, Preempt local plastic bag bans: Passed 62 to 46 in … restrictions or taxes on plastic grocery bags or other "auxiliary containers," … as a disposable or reusable bag, cup, bottle or other packaging. … County has already imposed a bag tax and reportedly others are …

Plastic Bag Tax Hurts Consumers, Businesses and Does Little for the Environment

Legislature considers bill to stop new Washtenaw County tax

… tax on disposable carry-out bags at the grocery store. If you forget to bring your own bags, grocers are forced to charge a 10 cent tax on every new bag you receive, paper or plastic. If you double-bag, it will … tons, 3,780 million are plastic bags. Additionally, paper bag …