Texas Bag Legislation Defeated


State: TX
Country: USA
Theme: Plastic Pollution
Launch Date: March 01 2011
Completion Date: June 15 2011
Status: Victory

Surfrider Foundation won a Rise Above Plastics victory when the attempt by two Texas Legislators to limit local rule on plastic bag ordinances failed in the Texas Legislature leaving local communities able to tackle plastic pollution on their own terms. Local preemption has been a recent tactic of bag ordinance opposition groups. This victory was the result of a joint effort by all five Surfrider Foundation Texas Chapters and the Texas Campaign for the Environment as we rallied opposition to the bill from all over the state. This now leaves the door open for proposed plastic bag ordinances to be passed in Texas and join South Padre Island, Brownsville and Fort Stockton as communities that have adopted plastic ordinances in an effort to reduce plastic litter in their areas.