The Dallas City Council passed the ordinance in 2014, in an effort to move shoppers away from the bags by requiring stores to charge 5 cents for each bag requested by the shopper. As we know here in California, the intent of the ordinance was to reduce plastic-bag trash's effect on the environment (the bags don't degrade).
But the bags were a miss, not a hit, with shoppers, who apparently want the bags for convenience and do not like paying to get them. Additionally, as was the case here in the LA area, bag manufacturers complained that the ordinance's attempt to cut down the use of plastic bags threatened the employment of workers in the bag-manufacturing industry and had gone so far as to sue the City.
Opponents also argue in these situations that if the problem is trash, deal directly with the problem. In this regard, some opponents argue, government could increase the fines and penalties for improperly discarding plastic bans as opposed to banning the consumer's choice to use them.
In any event, the Council voted 10-1 for repeal. The repeal goes into effect on June 8.
This column originally appeared in the June 4, 2015 editions of the Valley News Group of papers (west San Fernando Valley, California).