The Oregon DEQ sounds pretty stern when it comes to enforcing the new law on checkout bags. But while the City of Albany expects a question or two about this, enforcement sounds pretty much like an issue unlikely to come up.
In a fact sheet about the ban on plastic checkout bags and related provisions, the state says, “A violation of the provisions of HB 2509 is a Class D violation subject to a maximum fine of $250. Class D violations are enforced by law enforcement officers, who may issue a citation to a retailer or restaurant.”
The bag law allows cities to set a different penalty under some provisions of the law, the DEQ says, “so check with local jurisdictions for specific questions about enforcement.”
In his weekly report to the council last week, Albany City Manager Peter Troedsson said this may prompt some questions to the city from citizens and businesses.
“Our response,” he went on, “will stress that 1. The city will have a complaint-based approach (similar to other code compliance issues), and 2. We’ve received no funding from the state for enforcement.”
In short, in the unlikely event that you see what looks like a violation of the plastic-bag ban in Albany, you could call the cops. But who would be mean enough do that? (hh)