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The City of Austin says it will no longer enforce a ban on single-use plastic bags at most retail outlets, following a state Supreme Court ruling last month that struck down Laredo's bag ban.

The court ruled Laredo's ban was at odds with state law, but urged the Legislature to pass more specific laws to allow similar bans in the future.

Texas Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments In Plastic Bag Ban Case

Jan 11, 2018
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Plastic bag bans in Texas are hanging in the balance following oral arguments in a state Supreme Court case Thursday morning.

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John Wiley Price is facing the two biggest challenges of his three decades as a Dallas County commissioner.

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The controversial plastic bag ordinance in Dallas has been trashed.

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State lawmakers this session will consider bills to limit the power of cities to enact certain laws. Those local ordinances could include bans on hydraulic fracturing, using plastic bags at stores, and LGBT non-discrimination ordinances.

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The new Dallas carry-out bag ordinance went into effect Thursday. 

Customers at Dallas stores will be charged a nickel for every single-use plastic or paper bag they take home. The goal is to be “greener” and cut down on plastic-bag litter.

Abbott Opinion Murky on Plastic Bag Bans

Sep 1, 2014
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Do plastic bag bans and restrictions in cities like Austin, Laredo, and Brownsville violate Texas law?

According to an opinion issued by Attorney General Greg Abbott's office handed down on Friday afternoon, that depends on how you define two phrases: "container or package" and "solid waste management."

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Want to use a plastic carryout bag at your favorite store in Dallas?

It will soon cost you.

The Dallas City Council Wednesday morning voted 8-6 to approve a partial ban on plastic bags – the kind you see flying around on freeways and in trees.

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An East Texas legislator wants Attorney General Greg Abbott to determine whether it's legal for cities to enforce plastic bag bans. Nine Texas cities have passed ordinances that prohibit or limit the use of plastic bags by retailers. Dallas plans to consider a ban later this month. 

Flynn sat down with KERA to talk about his formal request.

Interview Highlights: Dan Flynn...

Will Dallas Be The Next City to Ban Plastic or Paper Bags?

Mar 7, 2014
Doualy Xaykaothao / KERA News

Communities across the United States have banned plastic and paper bags, the kind that you get at grocery stores and take-out spots. But Dallas hasn’t been able to decide, at least not since council member Dwaine Caraway proposed a ban a year ago.

Caraway wasn’t always a green-living kind of a guy.   

“I was the last one to get on board with recycling,” Caraway said. “In fact, recycling in this city was somewhat being held up because I was not on board. But once through education, you learn, and you see yourself, and you say, 'Hey, this is the right thing to do.'”

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Dallas City Councilman Dwaine Caraway pushed his plastic bag ban in a committee today.  He says empty grocery bags blow through and pollute neighborhoods.