Friday afternoon a group of area students talked with a representative for Rep. Sue Allor to discuss House Bill 4500.
The group of students comprised of members of the Alpena 4-H Tech Changemakers club as well as Plastics Float.
Each student took turns discussing various scientific issues surround single use plastics as well as micro plastics with Allor’s Legislative Director Jesse Osmer.
HB 4500 would see a repeal of Michigan’s current law that prevents local municipalities from enacting any sort of taxation or ban on single use plastic containers such as shopping bags.
At the meeting, the group of students expressed their support for a repeal of the law with the hope that the issue would be settled at the local level.
“It very much restricts the ability for local communities to work out solutions to this problem by themselves,” says Changemaker member Phineas Imhoff.
Representative Allor was unable to make Friday’s scheduled coffee hour due to the need to attend a meeting in Lansing, but did provide the following statement to WBKB:
“This bill, which was introduced five weeks ago, has not yet made its way through committee so I have not had the opportunity to fully study it or the law it would repeal. I look forward to monitoring it and having future conversations with these engaged students in the future.”