PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona Attorney Mark Brnovich says a Bisbee ordinance violates a state ban on local laws prohibiting retailers from providing shoppers with disposable bags.
NEW: @GeneralBrnovich office says Bisbee's plastic bag ban violates state law. Could lead to a halt of state funds if the ban not reversed.— jonathan roy (@JRFox10) October 24, 2017
The southeastern Arizona city's ordinance prohibits retail establishments from providing customers with single-use plastic carryout bags and says recycled paper bags can be provided only for a fee of at least 5 cents each.
A report released Tuesday by Brnovich says Bisbee has policy arguments for its ordinance "but the Legislature has spoken."
Brnovich reviewed Bisbee's ordinance after receiving a complaint from Republican Sen. Warren Peterson of Mesa.
A 2016 state law that allows individual legislators to require reviews of local laws for compliance with state law.
The 2016 law requires the withholding of state-shared revenue from cities that refuse to rescind ordinances deemed to violate state law.