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Plastic Bag Ordinance Changes in Brownsville Have Yet to Take Effect

3 years 11 months 3 weeks ago Tuesday, January 24 2017 Jan 24, 2017 January 24, 2017 3:48 PM January 24, 2017 in News

BROWNSVILLE – A repealed plastic bag ordinance in Brownsville is causing some confusion at stores. Some customers said they’re still being charged the fee when they shouldn’t.

The city of Brownsville repealed their plastic bag fee two weeks ago, but it hasn’t taken effect yet.

The city of Brownsville spokesperson Roxanna Rosas said the city commission has approved the settlement proposed by the Texas Attorney General. But the Attorney General’s Office still needs to sign off on it.

The ordinance will remain in effect until that happens.

Rosas said the city management and the public health department have already started talking to participating businesses to keep them informed with the potential changes.

“Since the city’s commission approval of the settlement, the documentation has been sent into the state, we are pending their final approval. Upon their final approval, we will have 30 days to make any changes to the ordinance,” she said.

Rosas said in those 30 days the city commission could decide to keep the plastic bag ban or they could repeal the ordinance completely. Per the state, the minimum the city must do is remove the fee from the ordinance.

CHANNEL 5 NEWS reached out to the Texas Attorney General’s Office to find out how long it’ll take before the fee is removed from the ordinance officially.

They haven’t responded with an answer yet.

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