Earlier this week, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin signed House Bill 246 into law on the same day that the Jefferson County waste board held a meeting to authorize a lawsuit claiming that the new law violates Kentucky’s Constitution. The law bans plastic bags for yard waste and could also block Metro government and the 109 Board from charging a small city “any fee that is based, directly or indirectly, on the composition of the solid waste stream of that city if the solid waste stream is in conformity with state and federal law for the use of the solid waste management facility receiving the waste.”
Other states and cities across the nation are also exploring and implementing plastic bag bans. California, for example, just launched the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is creating a plastic bag task force to bring the idea of a plastic bag fee back to the table. Additionally, between 2015 and 2016, 23 states proposed bills to regulate plastic bags in retail settings, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
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Perhaps as its final act, the local solid waste board authorized the Jefferson County Attorney's office to sue Kentucky over a new law that dramatically shakes up how solid waste will be overseen in Louisville and Jefferson County.
Gov. Matt Bevin signed House Bill 246 into law on Tuesday, the same day that the waste board held a special meeting to authorize a lawsuit on the grounds that the law violates Kentucky's Constitution.