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House passes bill to avoid lawsuit on ban

Posted at 4:41 PM, Feb 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-10 18:41:05-05
PHOENIX (AP) - The House has passed two measures revising state law to get around a lawsuit over bans on plastic bags and disposable products.
 
The law passed last session prevents cities from banning disposable products. It also blocks cities from requiring business owners to report energy consumption.
 
Rep. Warren Petersen of Gilbert sponsored last year's bill and is now sponsoring legislation that splits the provisions into two separate measures.
 
The lawsuit filed on behalf of Tempe city council member Lauren Kuby claims the law violates a state constitutional provision requiring each bill to have a single subject.
 
Petersen said he wants to separate the law to avoid litigation.
 
The House Bill 2130 and 2131 passed 35-24 Wednesday. The bills now move to the Senate.