Kentucky Bill Looks to Preempt Local Governments from Enacting Ordinances on Containers

The Kentucky General Assembly is being asked to eliminate potential chaos, confusion, and expense surrounding plastic shopping bags and other containers. Senate Bill 82 preempts local governments from enacting ordinances, regulations, or taxes on containers like plastic bags, cups, and bottles. Kentucky Association of Manufacturers Executive Director Lee Lingo says the bill would prevent an extra layer of regulation impacting manufacturers, retailers, and consumers. Without the bill, manufacturers may have to develop specific city-by-city product guidelines. Lingo says the far-reaching economic and consumer implications warrants a unified state approach. If the bill becomes law, Kentucky would join a dozen states with similar policies, including Indiana and Missouri.

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