Local Governments Prohibited From Restricting Plastic Auxiliary Containers

Ohio’s new state budget makes permanent a ban (House Bill 242) that lawmakers previously passed to prevent local jurisdictions from banning or taxing single-use plastic bags and other similar containers. Without further Statehouse action, the temporary, one-year prohibition under HB 242 would have expired Jan. 15, 2022. The budget extends the ban indefinitely, aligning with OMA policy that a statewide rule is preferable to a patchwork of local regulations. 6/30/2021