In November, the same bill passed the House on a 54-30 vote. A similar bill was considered in the Ohio Senate but did not advance to a floor vote last legislative session.
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The American Legislative Exchange Council, which advocates for limited government and free market policies, last year offered a “model policy” for preempting local government fees and regulations on “auxiliary containers.” ALEC is funded by a long-list of corporations that stand to benefit from model policies that the council advances.
The 13 states that have adopted pre-emption laws include Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Conversely, California, Hawaii, New York and the District of Columbia have passed legislation to ban single-use plastic bags, according to NCSL.
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