UTAH

Utah lawmaker: Plastic bag bans are anti-business

Feb 20, 2019, 11:54 AM | Updated: 12:07 pm
plastic bag bans...
File photo

SALT LAKE CITY — A state lawmaker is explaining his bill to keep cities in Utah from banning plastic bags.

Spanish Fork Representative Mike McKell says those bans are government intrusion.

“If a company wants to use a reusable bag, that’s their option,” he said on Fox and Friends Wednesday morning. “Let’s let companies thrive. we hit them hard enough with taxes and policies we create. Let’s have some consistency in the market, and let those companies make those decisions.”

Park City and Moab passed ordinances outlawing plastic bags at certain stores. Logan is thinking about it.

But McKell says it’s anti-business.

“If we are going to have one city with a ban and another that doesn’t, that creates inconsistency in the marketplace,” he said.

He explained how Trader Joe’s decided to do it by themselves. “That’s something they decided to do and their customers decide to do. We don’t need government to tell us how to live.”

Meanwhile, a Park City grocery store says it will ban plastic bags no matter what the Utah legislature decides to do.  The owner of The Market at Park City told The Park Record that people and tourists still ask for plastic bags, but he thinks banning them is the right thing to do.

People can buy paper bags for 10 cents each if they don’t bring in their own reusable bags at that store.

Another legislator, Sen. Jani Iwamoto, has argued in favor of a plastic bag ban. Her bill to do so failed to gain momentum in 2018, but she revised it and filed it again in the 2019 session.

 

Today’s Top Stories

Utah

The Great Salt Lake has reached a historic low level of water....
Waverly Golden

The Great Salt Lake water level reaches a historic low as Utah continues to face extreme drought

Utah is in an extreme drought, causing the Great Salt Lake to reach a historic low level. Over the past 128 years, 2022 has been the driest year to date in Utah.
18 hours ago
A sign with the Taylorsville Police Department logo reads "Police Department"...
Aimee Cobabe and Samantha Herrera

Man in custody after high-speed chase through Taylorsville

A high-speed chase through Taylorsville Monday afternoon led to the arrest of a 51-year-old man who police say violated his felony probation.
18 hours ago
Deuel Creek fire burns in the nighttime...
Samantha Herrera

Deuel Creek Fire continues to burn, officials hopeful for more containment

As of Tuesday morning, the Deuel Creek Fire was 10% contained and affected 129 acres near Centerville, Utah. Officials continue to work to contain it.
18 hours ago
The community built a small memorial in front of Macie Hill's family home. Hill passed away after a...
Amie Schaeffer

GoFundMe started to remember 8-year-old girl who died in Kaysville parade

The Kaysville City Fourth of July parade turned tragic when Macie Hill was hit by a vehicle. She reportedly died from her injuries.
18 hours ago
A multi-vehicle crash on I-15 kills motorcyclist. Photo Credit: Getty Images...
Amie Schaeffer

Early morning crash on I-15 kills motorcyclist

A crash on I-15 in Salt Lake City resulted in the death of a motorcyclist early Tuesday morning. The victim died at the scene.
18 hours ago
Highland Drive Closed...
Heather Kelly

Highland Drive open after closing for hours due to fatal crash involving Coke truck

A crash left Highland Drive closed between 4500 and 4600 South on Tuesday morning. The crash left a 74-year-old woman dead.
18 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Tax Harassment...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
Prescription opioids can be disposed of during National Prescription Take Back Day...
Know Your Script

Prescription opioid misuse | How to protect your family from the opioid epidemic

Studies have shown that prescription opioid misuse has increased since COVID-19. So what do you need to know about these opioids?
national heart month...
Intermountain Healthcare

National Heart Month: 5 Lifestyle Changes to Make Today to Keep You Heart Healthy

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease
Joseph Smith Memorial Building...
Temple Square

The Joseph Smith Memorial Building is an icon of Salt Lake City | Why hosting an event at this beautiful location will make you a hero this year

Here's why hosting an event at the iconic Joseph Smith Memorial Building in downtown Salt Lake City will make you a hero this year.
Utah lawmaker: Plastic bag bans are anti-business