State Rep. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) spoke on the Statehouse Floor on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, in opposition to House Bill 242 which would prevent local governments from enacting plastic bag bans and other similar legislation.


“According to a 2016 study released by the Rochester Institute of Technology, the United States and Canada discard 22 million pounds of plastic into the Great Lakes ecosystem every year,” said Rep. Smith. “Lake Michigan is the most polluted of the Great Lakes and unfortunately Lake Erie is second on the list.


“House Bill 242 further erodes local control by taking the power out of the hands of local citizens and their elected leaders to decide what’s best for their own communities. House Bill 242 replaces the will of the people with a ‘Columbus Knows Best’ approach that might not work statewide.


“Even the Republican Governor says these bills go too far at the expense of home rule. This bill is irresponsible, arrogant and dangerous as it will jeopardize Lake Erie, kill local community efforts to reduce waste, clean up our waterways and protect our environment for the next generation of Ohioans. It had bipartisan opposition. My Republican colleagues offered zero solutions to the plastic pollution problem that led to these local efforts. They are ignoring the central threat and their neglect to Ohioans is deplorable.”


Rep. Smith represents Ohio’s 8th House District which includes the City of Euclid and its five miles of Lake Erie coastline.

 
 
 
  
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