Texas Legislative Overreach Thwarted on Local Pollution Prevention Rights

VICTORY!!!! A controversial bill was killed in the #Texas Legislature that would have removed the rights of local governments to prevent pollution, such as single-use plastic bags. Sixteen municipalities have single-use bag ordinances, including coastal, rural, and suburban areas.

Not only did an unlikely band of allies come together, including ranchers, small business owners, technical experts, and environmentalists, to demonstrate both economic and ecological concerns to state lawmakers, they did so to help local governments maintain local control of local tax dollars addressing local pollution issues.

Robin Schneider of Texas Campaign for the Environment stated, β€œThe public hearing on SB 103 made clear to state lawmakers that this issue is not about environmentalists versus business, but rather a few business lobbyists versus costly and damaging pollution.”