The bill that State Rep. Mike Tryon passed to set State standards for re-cycling plastic bags got vetoed by Governor Pat Quinn over the weekend.
The report of the veto, a wish-fulfillment of 13-year old Abby Goldberg of Lake Zurich, ran in Monday’s Chicago Tribune.
Change.org got involved with an online petition.
Tryon, the House Sponsor of Senate Bill 3442, didn’t get a mention in the article.
Environmentalists opposed the bill because it prohibited local municipalities from imposing stricter rules than those set forth in the bill.
Lake County Democratic Party Chairman Terry Link was the Senate sponsor.
Locally, State Senator Pam Althoff voted for the bill. Colleague Dan Duffy did not. State Representatives Tryon and Kent Gaffney supported the measure, while Jack Franks voted “No.”
The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County sent out the following information from the Illinois Environmental Council on the bill:
This bill would have banned the municipal regulation of plastic bags, including community plastic bag bans, fees, and takeback programs. This bill also would have created a statewide program for the recycling of plastic bags. Read more about our concerns here.
As the Governor explained in his veto message, “Local authorities and the environmental community strongly oppose this program because the metrics are simply not aggressive enough and home rule preemption prevents more stringent local regulation.”
Last week, the Illinois Environmental Council released its 2012 scorecard. Governor Quinn now has a 100% environmental record for the bills that he has taken action on during the 2012 session according to our scorecard.
Veto session is scheduled to begin November 27, 2012. We will keep you updated to let you know whether the sponsor of this legislation moves to override the Governor’s veto. Check out how your House and Senate members voted on this bill.
In the meantime, be sure to thank Governor Quinn for taking action to support the environment through the contact form on his website.