Today, state Senator Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) released the following statement after Republicans in the legislature passed House Bill 242, which prohibits local governments from banning plastic bags, and Senate Bill 311, which limits the state health directors’ authority.
“Climate change and the Covid-19 pandemic are the two biggest threats to public health and our way of life. This week, the Senate had the opportunity to address both of these crises – instead, Republicans voted to ignore the science.
“Studies have shown that Lake Erie has the second highest levels of plastic of any lake in the United States, and banning local governments’ ability to do something about it hinders our ability to preserve one of Ohio’s most vital resources. Furthermore, the middle of a pandemic is not the time to ignore public health experts’ advice. Limiting the health director’s authority now could make it impossible to protect the public in the future. Yet, Republicans still claim that they care about the people.
“This will have long-term effects on the future of our state. I’m calling on my colleagues to stop hiding behind politics and start listening to science. Enough is enough!”
To watch Senator Fedor's floor speech on Senate Bill 311, click here.