State funds could be cut from Bisbee over its disposable bag ban

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona Attorney Mark Brnovich says a Bisbee ordinance violates a state ban on local laws prohibiting retailers from providing shoppers with plastic disposable bags.

The southeastern Arizona city's ordinance prohibits retail establishments from providing customers with single-use plastic carryout bags and says recycled paper bags can be provided only for a fee of at least 5 cents each.

A report released Tuesday by Brnovich says Bisbee has policy arguments for its ordinance "but the Legislature has spoken."

Brnovich reviewed Bisbee's ordinance after receiving a complaint from Republican Sen. Warren Peterson of Mesa.

A 2016 state law that allows individual legislators to require reviews of local laws for compliance with state law.

The 2016 law requires the withholding of state-shared revenue from cities that refuse to rescind ordinances deemed to violate state law.

It will be up to the Bisbee City Council to decide whether to accept or fight the ruling. If the city doesn't resolve the dispute within 30 days, state funds could be cut to the city.

© 2017 Associated Press


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