The “plastic bag bill” is staying vetoed. Environmental groups says the bill, which the governor vetoed, does not go far enough, adding that it is simply a cover for the plastics industry to limit local recycling efforts and solidify some loose regulations.
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“One community came up to me and said, ‘We don’t like the bill because we’re thinking of doing something,’” said State Sen. Terry Link (D-Waukegan), saying something is better than nothing. “Well, they had all these years to do something, they had all these years to talk about it, but on the 12th hour they’re thinking about doing something.”
“Illinois has had a strong history of upholding home rule authority in local governments,” said State Sen. Mike Frerichs (D-Champaign). “Local elected officials are best prepared and most experienced at offering recycling and waste reduction solutions that meet the needs of their residents. Let’s set an example for other states by continuing to support local efforts to reduce waste.”
The Senate failed to override the governor’s veto of S.B. 3442, 24-23-2.