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State lawmaker files bill to overturn bag ban

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Since Austin's single-use bag ban went into effect March 1, customers at Wheatsville Co-op have adjusted with ease.

"It rolled in flawlessly, we all knew what we were supposed to do," said Wheatsville Co-op Brand Manager Raquel Dadomo.

But, State Representative Drew Springer (R) who's from District 68 in North Texas, says it's an adjustment shoppers shouldn't have to make.

"We forget about the people who struggle day to day to make ends meet and now they go to a grocery store and have to decide, 'Do I buy this $2 bag or milk for the kids?"' 

Representative Springer has filed 'The Shopping Bag Freedom Act' to overturn Austin's single-use bag ban and prevent similar ordinances from taking effect.

"Thin bags are made here in Texas and the reusable ones are made in China so I'd like to keep jobs right here at home," he said.

Representative Springer believes that the bag ban is an example of an overreaching government. But, political strategist Harold Cook says that's what this bill could be called.

"Republicans talk a good game about local control until they don't like the control the locals impose so now this Republican is going to come tell Austin, where he doesn't live, what they can and can't do."

"We're not overreaching," said Springer, "What we're trying to do is prevent cities from taking authority they don't have of regulating commerce."

In addition to this bill, the Texas Retailers Association has filed a lawsuit against the City of Austin claiming that the ordinance violates state law.

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