The meddlers in Salem having done what they do, we might as well start stockpiling plastic checkout bags while they’re still available for free.
Democrats in the legislature don’t want shopping to be all that convenient, so with the stated goal of reducing plastic trash they have passed the statewide plastic bag ban they’ve been talking about for what seems like forever. The governor will sign the bill, HB 2509, passed by the Senate Tuesday. It does not specify an effective date, so it will take effect three months after the legislature adjourns.
But read the bill, or better yet a summary by the legislative staff here. Turns out the ban is not a ban at all. It purports to ban thin plastic bags intended to be used just once. But it allows retailers and restaurants to provide plastic bags that are deemed to be reusable, and if they do they must charge at least a nickel a bag. So all they have to do is provide bags that are thicker and more durable.
I wonder how they’ll handle this at those self-checkout stations. Now you pick as many bags as you want and nobody keeps track. How will they make this work when the machine has to count the bags and add their price to your total? They’ll figure something out, no doubt.
So maybe this so-called bag ban will in fact will turn out to be the “Plastic Bag Enhancement Act of 2019.” For 5 cents each, we’ll be able to get plastic checkout bags that don’t fall apart the first chance they get. Then we can still use them for all the things we use plastic checkout bags now, except that they’ll work better.
Hard to believe that’s what the sponsors of this legislation had in mind. All the better then, because of the irony, if that’s how things turn out. So maybe there’s no need to stockpile plastic bags after all. (hh)