BY JOE RAGUSA KENTUCKY
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Plastic bags could become a thing of the past under a proposal from a Louisville-area state lawmaker.
Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, D-Louisville, just wants to leave a cleaner world for her kids and grandkids, which is why she pre-filed Bill Request 999 to ban the use of single-use plastic bags.
“If we don’t do it, it’s not going to get done, and our planet is going to be uninhabitable,” Marzian said.
The bill would phase out the use of plastic bags by 2025, and phase out the use of styrofoam food containers and plastic straws by 2023.
“Cleaning up afterward is much more difficult than preventing it from happening, just like in medicine,” Marzian said. “Taking you vaccination for the flu is a lot better than being treated for a week and a half.”
Marzian said she’s ready for any possible opposition from businesses.
“The free market has created this mess, and if they sit back and expect business and industry, they continue to pollute, they continue to fight against any kind of coal regulations, clean water regulations, and I think it takes public servants like myself and activists to say, ‘That’s enough’.”
But some businesses are already phasing out single-use bags, including Kroger, which plans to phase out plastic bags in all of its stores by 2025.
The bill would also ban the intentional release of more than 25 plastic balloons.
Republicans have veto-proof majorities in both the House and Senate, so a Democrat pushing through a bill faces an uphill climb, but Marzian said she’s hopeful the bill will pass.