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 Bill Status of SB1597  100th General Assembly


Short Description:  COMPOSTABLE BAGS-RETAIL

Senate Sponsors
Sen. Terry Link

Last Action
DateChamber Action
  3/16/2017SenatePlaced on Calendar Order of 2nd Reading March 28, 2017

Statutes Amended In Order of Appearance
New Act


Synopsis As Introduced
Creates the Compostable Bags in Retail Establishments Act. Provides that no retail establishment in the State shall use or provide polyethylene or other non-compostable plastic film bags tinted green or brown for customers to bag products in stores, as carry out bags, or for home delivery. Provides that any film bags meeting the definition of compostable that retail establishments provide to customers for food or other products, such as vegetables bagged in stores prior to checkout, must be tinted green or brown and shall be clearly labeled "COMPOSTABLE", including language following the Federal Trade Commission's "Green Guides". Provides that no film bag that retail establishments provide to customers to bag products in stores, as carry out bags, or for home delivery may be labeled with the term "biodegradable", "degradable", "decomposable", or any similar terms, or in any way imply that the product will break down, fragment, biodegrade, or decompose in a landfill or other environment. Defines "carry out bag", "compostable", and "retail establishment". Effective January 1, 2018.

Senate Committee Amendment No. 1
Adds reference to:
New Act

Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the introduced bill with the following changes: Changes references from "carry out bag" to "plastic film bag". Makes changes to the definition of "plastic film bag". Provides that no retail establishment in the State shall use, provide, or sell polyethylene or other non-compostable plastic film bags tinted green (rather than green or brown) to the retail establishment's customers. Makes other changes. Effective January 1, 2018.

Actions 
DateChamber Action
  2/9/2017SenateFiled with Secretary by Sen. Terry Link
  2/9/2017SenateFirst Reading
  2/9/2017SenateReferred to Assignments
  2/28/2017SenateAssigned to Environment and Conservation
  3/9/2017SenatePostponed - Environment and Conservation
  3/10/2017SenateSenate Committee Amendment No. 1 Filed with Secretary by Sen. Terry Link
  3/10/2017SenateSenate Committee Amendment No. 1 Referred to Assignments
  3/15/2017SenateSenate Committee Amendment No. 1 Assignments Refers to Environment and Conservation
  3/16/2017SenateSenate Committee Amendment No. 1 Adopted
  3/16/2017SenateDo Pass as Amended Environment and Conservation; 009-000-000
  3/16/2017SenatePlaced on Calendar Order of 2nd Reading March 28, 2017

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