AUSTIN (KXAN) - The Texas Retailers Association claims Austin's new citywide bag ban is in violation of state law. The ban goes into effect on March 1, and will outlaw the use of single-use bags, with some exceptions.
Even so, the association said the ban violates a health and safety code in the Texas Constitution. The group filed a lawsuit against the city of Monday.
"Once we read that statute it appeared to us to be pretty square on point of preempting the city's action in this case," said Ronnie Volkening, president and CEO of the Texas Retailers Association. "That's why we didn't do it any sooner, we weren't aware of it any sooner and apparently neither was the city."
The lawsuit is not seeking an injunction and the bag ban will still go into effect on Friday.
"Although the city has not yet been served with the lawsuit, we are familiar with the allegations and we are prepared to defend the ordinance" said City of Austin media relations manager Reyne Christopher Telles.
"We stand behind the intent of the ordinance and do not believe it poses a hardship to affected businesses. The City is committed to working with businesses to help them comply with the ordinance and offers a number of resources to make this process as easy as possible."
Federal, state and local authorities on Wednesday arrested 15 people and seized 70 firearms in raid on a methamphetamine operation based in Burnet County.
A 13-year-old girl who told police she had been kidnapped from her school and assaulted on Monday, admitted to police she made the story up.
TxTAG’s customer call center lines are jammed as toll road violators scramble to pay up and avoid staying on a published scofflaw list.
The U.S. Grand Prix race in Austin next year will be held Nov. 2 and F1 weekend will not coincide with a UT Longhorns home football game.
One woman died early Wednesday after several shots were fired at a North Austin mechanic shop.
Bomb squad officials reported to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport after a suspicious package located in a cargo area Wednesday.