Prohibition of Regulating Auxiliary Containers Headed to Governor

On the last night of session, the Senate concurred in Assembly Bill 730. The bill now heads to the governor for his signature. The legislation prohibits a city, village, town, or county from regulating auxiliary containers (such as a bag, cup, bottle, etc.) made of cloth, paper, plastic cardboard, corrugated material, aluminum, glass, postconsumer recycled material, or similar substances.

The Assembly passed AB 730 on February 16 on a party line vote. Senate Committee on Elections and Local Government passed the companion bill, SB 601, on March 10 along a 3-2 party line vote.

Sen. Roger Roth (R-Appleton) and Sen. Frank Lasee (R-De Pere) and Rep. Mike Rohrkaste (R-Neenah) and Rep. Tyler Vorpagel (R-Plymouth) authored the legislation. In effect, this legislation would prohibit political subdivisions from regulating auxiliary containers, but would not prohibit the state from regulating auxiliary containers. If enacted, this legislation would protect consumers and business owners from inconsistencies of ordinances that vary from town to town.