Rusty Garrett here with the weekend outlook:
Warmer-than-normal afternoons are the rule Saturday and Sunday with highs in the upper 80s to near 90! Rain holding off until the middle of next week.
AUSTIN (August 29, 2014) In a five-page opinion issued Friday, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott says municipal bans on single-use plastic shopping bags are illegal.
Abbott says a state law bars local governments from prohibiting, restricting or charging a fee, for solid waste management purposes, for "the use of a container or package in a manner not authorized by state law."
Abbott acknowledges that the law does not define a single-use plastic bag as a "container or package," but contends the bags fit the dictionary definitions of a container or package.
State Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Dallas, sought the opinion after nine cities enacted ordinances banning the single-use bags.
The opinion is non-binding but reflects the attorney general's view of who would win a lawsuit on the issue.