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Industry Fights Bag Bans, Fees in Texas

A coalition of plastic bag manufacturers and recyclers has filed a lawsuit challenging the city of Dallas's plastic bag fee ordinance levying a 5-cent “environmental fee” on single-use shopping bags. The lawsuit filed by manufacturers, including Hilex Poly, Superbag Operating, Ltd., the Inteplast Group, Ltd. and Advance Polybag, Inc., claims the city’s single-use bag fee, which took effect in January, violates a decades-old state law protecting consumers and preventing excessive municipal...

Battles over Sea Mammals Hit Courts, State Legislatures

Washington state Senator Kevin Ranker (D-Orcas Island) introduced legislation that would make it a criminal offense, punishable by up to six months in jail and a $100,000 fine, to keep whales, dolphins, and porpoises in aquariums. Ranker’s bill failed to receive a hearing. It was not the first effort to criminalize the ownership of cetaceans.  “This is about pushing a broader animal rights agenda,” said Jeff Stier, director of the Risk Analysis Division at the National Center for Public...

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