Oklahoma considers taking away local control of bag fees and bans

Opponents claim bill is government overreach

Oklahoma lawmakers are considering legislation to prevent cities and towns from imposing fees on single-use plastic and paper bags.

Opponents say the bill is government overreach that does not address environmental concerns.

Officials in Norman Oklahoma, where a 5-cent fee has been proposed, say the measure encroaches on their search for an innovative way to protect the environment from carelessly discarded bags.

The bill’s author, Republican Sen. James Leewright of Bristow , says allowing city and towns to adopt individual guidelines for plastic bags would create a hodgepodge of rules that would be difficult to comply with.