Skip to comments.Texas Lawmaker Wants To Stop Plastic Grocery Bag Bans
Posted on 03/20/2013 9:21:36 PM PDT by mom of young patriots
Texas State Rep. Drew Springer embraces freedom.
Even for plastic bags.
The Republican from Muenster recently filed "The Shopping Bag Freedom Act," a bill intended to block plastic-bag bans in Austin and other Texas cities.
Such bans are designed to push customers into buying reusable bags at the checkout stand or bringing some to the store.
Supporters praise the bans as a boost for the environment.
Critics deride them as unwarranted government intrusion that could increase costs for consumers.
"At a time of economic recession and with food prices at an all-time high, this hidden social tax on the poor will cause many to have to choose between necessary items such as milk and bread or having a reusable bag to carry their groceries," Springer said. "This type of government overreach must be stopped here and now.
"If a municipality can ban bags, what is to say they won't mandate how large a soda can be or how much salt one can put on their food."
Plastic bags have been a mainstay in grocery and convenience stores and restaurants for decades, edging out paper bags in popularity soon after they were introduced.
Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/03/15/4703821/texas-lawmaker-wants-to-stop-plastic.html#storylink=cpy
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Phone calls and letters to Congresspeople in Texas in support of this proposed Shopping Bag Freedom Act are needed at the moment and would be much appreciated.
Some people just enjoy banning things. Maybe they could get behind this ban ban too.
They just switched overnight at our Target in SoCal and tracing back the origins of the lefty movement, it came mostly from one idiot liberal actress, forgot her name but she played Elaine in Seinfeld. If I had a paper bag and she was across me, I would shove it down her throat.
I hate hippies, fascist dictators every one. Plastic bags are recyclable nowadays anyways. They want us to go back in time, not forward (as they peck on their iphones and computers). HATE THEM!
Julia Louis-Dreyfus. She should stick to acting. Her common sense quotient is a little low to be meddling in real life affairs like this.
Austin has more than its share to be sure. I have lived among them for years now and sometimes I marvel that I am still sane.
My wife bought some of those canvas bags and uses them on her main shopping trips. We still haul in plenty of the plastic bags, though. Certainly enough to use them for garbage bags without running out. ( We used to have to recycle them. ) They’re incredibly strong. Where I live, clerks will unnecessarily double bag with them for a couple of Foster’s oil cans. I think you could haul gold bars without breaking them!
I still prefer plastic bags for groceries, but I have some really nice string bags that I have used for small purchases for years, long before this stupid plastic ban went into effect. I have nothing against conservation when it is a personal choice and not done simply as self righteous grandstanding. What I really hate, though, is to be at a store with one of my string bags and get cooed over by some tree hugging liberal that thinks my shopping bag is just soooo cool and where can she get one for herself. I am disgusted to be mistaken for a politically correct environmentalist and the string bag is a magnet for that kind of assumption. Carrying one now makes me feel like a chump.
I moved to Round Rock just in time.
I’ve been saying nearly the same things myself. Money, money. You know the night the ban was passed down at city hall, a prominent (private) recycling company in the area showed up to beg time to put together a viable recycling program. The city council basically gave them the finger and passed the ban late that night. Anyone who thinks that action was done to protect the environment has compost for brains.
I may not be far behind. I’m considering Georgetown, even.
I love plastic bags, and always say ‘plastic’ when asked my choice at checkout. And I recycle them...I mail a lot of packages...sometimes daily...and I use the plastic bags as ‘filler’ in the box...works great, is light weight, and gives the recipient something for their own use...LOL.
And any that might be left over, if we were to (God forbid) have too many, they get burned with our other burnable trash. We burn what we can burn (and no, CO2 does not cause global warming), and we recycle all our steel cans, aluminum cans, plastic bottles, glass bottles. Food waste goes to the cats or our horses. Coffee grounds, egg shells and other food waste that is not fit for man nor beast goes for compost. We pay for trash service, but they make out big time, ‘cause we rarely have much in our trash barrel.
And btw, I hate polystyrene ‘peanuts’ used in packaging.
I would be interested in research showing whether string bags (mentioned by someone in this thread) are a disease vector, and if so how serious. One the flip side of the question, the string bags I've had were easy to wash off and dry, you just run them under the tap, squeeze out the water in one swipe of your hand, and hang it up to dry.
Walmart bags are the new Texas flag, they are everywhere in the trees.
They also get wrapped into hay bales and muck up cattle feeding on the hay bales.
That said, just enforce litter and nuisance laws.
Why ban plastic bags?
Millions of Grannys depend on them!!
Them plastic shopping bags are perfect for bath disposal cans.
I fail to see why we want to ban stuff that is inexpensive and long lasting.
Should we pay more for crap that falls apart?
Not just recyclable, but reusable. Everyone I know uses the plastic shopping bags as trash bags.
I get the same feeling when people coo over me for riding my bicycle. I deflate them by telling them it’s better than giving my money to unionized streetcar drivers.
Before they ban them here I will buy a few cases since we use them for lining trash bags and cat litter.
I have a lifetime supply of reusable bags for groceries from hagerty Insurance, they give them away free at car shows.
“I am disgusted to be mistaken for a politically correct environmentalist and the string bag is a magnet for that kind of assumption”
We have bags from Hagerty Custom Car Insurance so the envirowenies know we burn lots of gasoline in the hot rods!!
I don't know....but I sure as hell would love to find out!
This bag ban is really pissing me off. Sadly - my attempt to move out to Round Rock was unsuccessful and I’ll be staying in Travis for now.
Lot of salmonella can take up residence in those bags.
Cloth bags carry disgusting germs. YEAH I would love for my apples to get e coli from a leaky meat pack.
Julia Liouse Dreyfus. Yeah these oh so compassionate libtards can’t grasp tthat poor people can’t afford to buy and or keep clran these cloth sacks. Idiots.
I use my grocery bags as trash bags for small trash cans. Bet the idiots buy small trash bags for theirs.
White grocery bags tied on a line around our garden kept deer away from eating our food.
While the sanitation issues have been mentioned before, what you rarely hear about is the merchants say their theft losses are doubling when people start carrying their own bags around the store.
We have had a ban on plastic for a few years, here at the Outer Banks NC. Especially in Dare and Hyde county. There were plastic bags littered on the beach and getting caught on the sea grass. Probably discarded by some surf fisherman that used them to carry bait. Bags stuck on seagulls in flight and inside blue fish.
Should they make up their minds? No. Whimsical, burdensome decisions are the prerogative of our betters.
FYI, paper bags cost about 3X more than plastic.
Personally, I don't mind the enviro-nuts using tote-bags. If they want filth and disease for themselves, so be it. Maybe they'll learn something. But probably not.
Ditto. Raw chicken liquid gets in the plastic bag, into the trash with it. A reusable bag has to be washed.
Everything they say is a lie. They hate life and progress.
Someone should think about the “data” of bags. In Dallas Ft Worth we have 6,000,000 people, if 10% go shopping for grocieries and take 3 bags that is 1.8 million plastic bags EVERY DAY... cut the number in half - 1 MILLION. Now add all the bags at Lowes, Home Depot and other retail stores - like Target, WalMart or Subway. I bet that in DFW we move 2 MILLION bags a day. How many do we see in trees or on river banks - as a percentage of that daily number? In 30 days 60 million bags? How many are discarded, but how many are reused for dog poop, kitty litter or garbage in the house?
If you are in Austin, listen to KLBJ. They are talking about this today and a caller just quoted a TX law that makes the ban unconstitutional.
Yes, I have heard that it can be a bigger problem in coastal areas. Ocean pollution that may affect local sea life, etc. That is for those municipalities to decide for themselves based on their circumstances. I don’t know if the bill takes that into account. However, I don’t see anyone proposing free market friendly solutions to the problem of plastic bag litter. Deposits on glass soda bottles, for instance, kept them out of the ditches in the 70’s and tin cans were valuable enough at one time for street people to turn them into cash. Seems like buying plastic bags from people we are now just giving a welfare check and foodstamps to would be a better use of our money. We are letting liberals jump too quickly to their big brother legislative solutions without considering ideas that could really benefit everybody. Incentive rather than punishment is always healthier to a free society.
Thanks. I’ll tune in.
I am disgusted to be mistaken for a politically correct environmentalist and the string bag is a magnet for that kind of assumptionWalmart bags. Whenever I'm gonna be around libtards, I haul out the Walmart reusable bags -- makes 'em froth at the mouth.
We have bags from Hagerty Custom Car Insurance so the envirowenies know we burn lots of gasoline in the hot rods!!
There is another bit of data that we won’t be able to collect for a while. What happens when those so called green bags become as plentiful as klenex? I wonder if the liberals will like the look of those decorating the trees any better.
I often wonder if the liberals use their tote bags to clean up after their dogs. If not, what the heck do they use?
I like the one-hand pooper scooper, myself. ;-)
I have said for years when asked “paper or plastic?” that I didn’t care. Recently I have learned that my response meant that I was “bi-sack-ual”!
Who knew? :)snort)))))
Hasn’t it been settled that plastic bags are better to use because you can recycle plastic bags, evidenced by recycle bins at the entrance to some of the stores, as opposed to using porus fabric bags which introduce well-ducumented problems concerning the spread of bacteria? After all, cleaning fabrics takes energy, a carbon footprint problem according to liberals, and pollutes the environment with detergent.
Mea culpa. Recycling plastic bags must also take energy.
In this article, recycling as the environmental savior of mother earth is debunked.
Thanks for that link mom.
While the article makes good points about recycling not being economical, my concern is that plastic is not biodegradable, corrections wecome. So if we continue to simply bury plastic bags then one of these days it can probably be argued that the earth is made out of plastic. (a little bit of sarcasm here)