Prohibition of Regulating Auxiliary Containers Passes Assembly

Legislation that would prohibit a city, village, town, or county from regulating auxiliary containers (a bag, cup, bottle, etc.) made of cloth, paper, plastic cardboard, corrugated material, aluminum, glass, postconsumer recycled material, or similar substances, has passed the Assembly.

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.

AB 730 was passed by the Assembly on February 16 on a party line vote. The companion bill, SB 601 had a hearing in the Senate Elections and Local Government committee on February 3.

The legislation was authored by Sen. Roger Roth (R-Appleton) and Sen. Frank Lasee (R-De Pere) and Rep. Mike Rohrkaste (R-Neenah) and Rep. Tyler Vorpagel (R-Plymouth).