The Georgia House has rejected a bill preventing cities from banning plastic bags.
The House’s 67-85 vote on Friday makes the bill’s future uncertain. The Senate approved an earlier version.
Officials in several Georgia cities have considered banning plastic bags within their limits, including coastal Tybee Island where supporters argue that sea turtles sometimes mistake them for food.
Rep. Tom McCall, who carried the bill in the House, says local bans will create confusion and add costs to businesses while Rep. Trey Kelley criticized supporters as “extreme environmentalists.”
Other Republicans who spoke against the bill called it a state overreach. Rep. Scot Turner told members that he wouldn’t want such a ban in his city of Holly Springs but every community should make their own decision.