A Republican from rural North Texas wants to put an end to Texas cities banning plastic bags.
State Rep. Drew Springer has filed a bill that would make all plastic bag bans invalid. He tells the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that such bans simply "push forward a misguided nanny-state agenda."
Austin's plastic bag ban went into effect March 1. Advocates say the ban reduces litter and helps the environment. They encourage shoppers to buy reusable bags instead.
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Springer says bag bans create a "hidden social tax" and questions whether everyone who uses reusable bags will wash them regularly.
Benjamin Isgur, a board member of the nonprofit group Texas Campaign for the Environment, says Springer's bill would take away the right of local communities to decide the issue.