AUSTIN – The Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) filed an amicus curiae brief inLaredo Merchants Association v. City of Laredo, Texas opposing the City of Laredo’s ordinance that directly contradicts Texas law by prohibiting retailers from providing customers with plastic bags.

“Government entities are subject to the rule of law, just like everyone else,” said Allegra Hill, policy analyst with the Center for Local Governance at the Texas . “But the law is worthless if it’s not enforced. That’s why Laredo’s case is so important. Laredo’s ban on plastic bags violates state statute, and must be struck down. If the residents of Laredo think plastic bags should be banned they can lobby the legislature. In the meantime though, the City must follow the law.”
 
To read the amicus curiae brief in its entirety, please visit: http://txpo.li/TPPF-Amicus-Brief-Laredo-Merchants
 
To schedule an interview with Ms. Hill please contact Caroline Espinosa at cespinosa@texaspolicy.com or 512-472-2700.

Allegra Hill is a policy analyst and attorney with the Center for Local Governance at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. 

The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit, free-market research institute based in Austin, Texas.

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