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Oklahoma governor signs bill barring plastic bag tax

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High winds blow plastic bags along I-35 Monday, Jan. 22, 2018 in Moore, Okla. [The Oklahoman archives]
High winds blow plastic bags along I-35 Monday, Jan. 22, 2018 in Moore, Okla. [The Oklahoman archives]

Gov. Kevin Stitt on Tuesday signed a bill that preempts Oklahoma municipalities from imposing fees on single-use plastic and paper bags

In the short term, the legislation affects Norman, where city officials contemplated imposing a 5-cent tax on plastic and paper bags. But the bill prevents all Oklahoma cities and towns from taxing single-use bags and carryout or to-go containers.

Norman Mayor-elect Breea Clark urged Stitt to veto the measure as a show of respect for local government control.

“At least he didn’t sign it on Earth Day,” Clark tweeted Tuesday, the day after Earth Day. Clark won the mayoral race in February, but won’t be sworn in until July.

Norman officials considered the tax as a way to reduce litter across the city.

Lawmakers from Norman and other opponents of the bill criticized the measure as a bad example of state government overreach.

Stitt signed Senate Bill 1001 by Rep. James Leewright, R-Bristow, who also carried a similar version of the bill last year. Supporters of the bill characterized it as a way to create uniformity across the state.

The law will go into effect 90 days after the Legislature adjourns, which must occur by May 31.

Carmen Forman

Carmen Forman covers the state Capitol and governor's office for The Oklahoman. A Norman native and graduate of the University of Oklahoma, she previously covered state politics in Virginia and Arizona before returning to Oklahoma. Read more ›

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