Lubbock Unlikely to Jump on Bag Ban Bandwagon

Published 03/11 2014 06:49PM

Updated 03/11 2014 09:26PM

By Ashley Hinson

LUBBOCK, TX --  Despite the growing number of cities across the state adopting a ban on plastic grocery bags, Lubbock residents will likely still have that option when bagging their food, according to Councilman Jim Gerlt.

Gerlt said he can't see the current city council passing that type of legislation.  "Personally I think it's a form of government overreach," said Gerlt.

The councilman is not alone in his thinking.  Last week, a Texas lawmaker opposing the ban reached out to the attorney general's office for an opinion in regards to the nine Texas' cities' compliance with state laws in their ban enactment. 

The attorney general's office's opinion is not legally binding. The opinion, though, can influence other cities' future outlook on the ban.  

But Eddie Owens, the director of communications for United Supermarkets, doesn't think our 'conservative' city, will be influenced. 

"I think it's probably less likely here in Lubbock," said Owens.

Ownes understands the ban's proponents' concerns: the environment and city cleanliness.  He thinks the answer to those problems, though, is not banning plastic bags, it's recycling.  "We all bear environmental responsibility," Owens said.  "One of the best things we can do to help resolve the problems is to recycle that plastic."

The  attorney general's office has 180 days to answer the request.  Once decided, cities can either accept their opinion or take the matter to court. 

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