The Chicago Tribune wrote an editorial on Tuesday that took State Rep. Mike Tryon and State Senator Terry Link to the wood shed.
Criticized as excessive regulation was their plan to cut down on plastic bag waste.
But it “heaps government regulation on a problem best solved by us: consumers,” the editorial writers say.
“It cracks down on the manufacturers of plastic bags, adds new regulations to businesses that use the bags, creates a pile of mandatory reporting requirements and enlists the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency as “Enforcer…”
Here’s how the Tribune summarizes the legislation:
- Require manufacturers of plastic bags and plastic wrap to register annually with the IEPA and pay a $500 fee.
- Require manufacturers of plastic bags to print their company names on the bags.
- Require manufacturers of plastic bags to create and maintain a plan for collecting and recycling plastic bags and submit their plan to the IEPA. That plan must include collection locations and a public education campaign.
- Require manufacturers of plastic bags to submit a report to the IEPA annually with a description of recycling and collection efforts, including weight in pounds of the bags — and plastic wrap — collected.
- [Requires] Retailers — from your local grocer to your Chinese carry-out — would be prohibited from buying plastic bags from manufacturers who aren’t following all the rules.
The editorial concludes:
“It gets worse.
“Retailers — from your local grocer to your Chinese carry-out — would be prohibited from buying plastic bags from manufacturers who aren’t following all the rules.
“You wonder how government gets so big?
“How state statute books grow by the inch each year?
“How spending goes up here and there, everywhere?
“This is how.”
The bill has passed the Illinois Senate and is not in the House.
It’s up to Rep. Tryon to determine what happens to it.
Looking at the Senate Roll Call below, I note that the two Senators representing McHenry County–Pam Althoff and Dan Duffy–voted against the bill. Chris Lauzen, who represents much of Mike Tryon’s also voted against the legislation.