From the editor: This past August this blog broke the story posted below, indicating that the Texas 4th Court of Appeals had struck down Laredo's plastic bag ban, a law modeled somewhat after a similar regulation in Brownsville. Now, Attorney General Ken Paxton has sued the City of Brownsville to reverse its current bag ban law.
While sympathetic to the need to control plastic and other litter, we've previously indicated that the current law is poorly implemented, aids profiteering by grocers and diminishes quality of life for Brownsville residents. There simply has to be another option than sending shoppers out into the one hundred degree sun of the H.E.B. parking lot with unprotected meat, ice cream, dairy, eggs and produce loose in a metal shopping cart.
Below is a reprint of our August 17, 2016 story:
Pat Ahumada's Oppressive Plastic Bag Ban May Soon Be Over! 4th Court of Appeals Strikes Down Similar Law in Laredo
|Plastic Pat Ahumada|
|City Attorney Mark "The Sossi" Sossi|
|BISD Trustee Cata Presas-Garcia Speaking Against Ban|
Soon, Brownsville shoppers were walking out of H.E.B., pushing shopping carts of loose grocery items, unprotected meat and ice cream in the 100 degree Fahrenheit heat, with eggs in styrofoam cartons tumbling from the bottom of the cart to smash on the hot asphalt. Oh, bags were available for a single George Washington, that is, a dollar, greenback or buck.
When asked why poor people should pay a dollar for a sack to take out their groceries, Pat Ahumada replied: "Poor people litter too!" Had Pat made that profound statement in 2016 someone would quickly have founded the organization "Poor People's Lives Matter."
The Texas 4th Court of Appeals may have given the poor in Brownsville a helping hand. They just swatted down Laredo's copycat version of Brownsville's anti-plastic bag ban, citing the law as "unenforceable." The Laredo Merchants Association had challenged the law in 2015.