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Kentucky Lawmakers Aim to Overturn Louisville’s Plastic Bag Ban

A bill that would overturn the newly approved plastic ban bill was brought before a Senate committee this week.

Last month, House Bill 246, which bans plastic bags for yard waste in Louisville, Ky., was approved. And now, a bill that would overturn the newly approved bill was brought before a Senate committee this week.

The bill 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.”

WFPL has more details:

A bill that would change the way Louisville’s Waste Management district is structured is scheduled to go before a Senate committee Wednesday.

House Bill 246 — which the House approved last month — deals with a low-profile board called the 109 Board, which oversees waste in the city. The 109 Board is made up of five representatives, all appointed by the mayor.

The bill’s opponents — which include Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer — say its point is to overturn the city’s ban on plastic bags for yard waste. But supporters — among them the Jefferson County League of Cities — say the bag ban isn’t the force behind the legislation, and the measure is simply meant to increase transparency.

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