Apr 5, 2013 6:19 PM by Caroline Flores - email@example.com
CORPUS CHRISTI - The City of Corpus Christi has been working hard to find a solution to our loose plastic bag issue, but all their hard work may be coming to an end. Last month, the Bag Freedom Act Bill was presented during a House Committee hearing in Austin.
The bill, "prohibits cities from enacting any sort of ordinances or regulations regarding plastic bags," said Director of Intergovernmental Relations Tom Tagliabue.
Tagliabue works for the city as a legislative liaison. He was in Austin to testify against this bill.
City officials tell me that they believe when it comes to issues like the plastic bags, our local government should be the one to decide what's best for our city. Not the state.
"We shouldn't have our hands tied. And we should be able to make these decisions as a united community," said Tagliabue.
The bill is still pending in the House. Tagliabue says now is a crucial time for residents to contact their local representative and voice their opinion on this issue.
"These decisions, these types of decisions should be locally driven. A bill like this takes the power away from the citizens," said Tagliabue.
Taglaibue says he will be keeping a close eye on this bill for the next month. Because if this bill is passed, all the work the city has done on the plastic bag ordinance will have been a waste.