“Texas Defeats Cities’ Sick Leave, Bag Ban Policies”
Two courts in 2018 sided with argument from Texas that local governments had overstepped their authority in passing rules that banned the use of plastic bags and tried to require employers to give workers paid sick leave. Both cases are part of a years-long tension between the Republican-dominated Legislature and some of Texas’ more liberal cities.
[I]n June, the Texas Supreme Court struck down the city of Laredo’s bag ban, which barred retailers from giving customers single-use plastic or paper bags. The high court sided with the state and the Laredo Merchants Association in striking down the ordinance, finding it was preempted by the state’s solid waste disposal law.
…The Laredo Merchants Association is represented by James B. Harris and Richard B. Phillips Jr of Thompson & Knight LLP, Christopher C. Peterson and Gabriel C. Gonzalez of Lopez Peterson PLLC, and James K. Lehman of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.