“We are reviewing the new proposal and will continue to work with the General Assembly on the issue,” said DeWine press secretary Dan Tierney.
Eight state have statewide bans on single-use plastic bags and several large cities such as Boston, New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C. have imposed bans or fees, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Meanwhile 14 states have enacted pre-emption laws, similar to what Ohio is considering, NCSL reported.
The American Legislative Exchange Council proposed a model plastic bag ban pre-emption policy in 2015. ALEC is an organization of conservative state legislators and corporate interests.
Cincinnati-based Kroger announced in 2018 its plans to phase out single-use plastic bags in its stores by 2025.