A last-minute amendment to the state budget package could delay a proposal to ban Philadelphia stores from using plastic bags. The provision would prohibit the state and local governments from passing new regulations on plastic bags for one year, while directing two state offices to study the economic and environmental impact of regulating plastic bags.
Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R., Centre) said he pushed for the provision because his district includes players on both sides of the issue: a plastics manufacturer, Milesburg-based Hilex Poly, and Ferguson Township, which is considering a fee on plastic bags. “In my own district, I have a municipality that’s looking at an impact fee, and also I have a manufacturer that makes plastic bags. So you hear from both sides,” Corman said. “So we thought the best thing to do to help everyone move forward was to study it.”