Idaho lawmakers forbid local regulations on plastic bags, other containers
BOISE – Cities and counties in Idaho would be forbidden from regulating or taxing plastic grocery bags or other “auxiliary containers,” under legislation that’s passed both houses of the Idaho Legislature.
“This in my mind is a business bill,” said Sen. Jim Patrick, R-Twin Falls, the bill’s Senate sponsor. “The purpose of this legislation is to ensure uniform and prudent regulation of auxiliary containers,” which Patrick said should “be done by the Legislature, not individual political subdivisions of the state.”
The legislation passed the Idaho Senate late Monday on a 20-15 vote after much debate, and with bipartisan opposition. It specifies that local governments, and local voters, can have no say over containers, including plastic water bottles and bags and restaurant carry-out containers – though the state doesn’t regulate those, either.
Patrick said it’s appropriate for the state to “pre-empt” local control in this area.