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The Latest: Legislature votes to block bag-banning efforts

Posted 2:25 p.m. Thursday

— The Latest on the Michigan Legislature's "lame-duck" session that ends in two weeks (all times local):

2:25 p.m.

Efforts to rid Michigan communities of plastic shopping bags would be banned under legislation headed to Gov. Rick Snyder.

The Republican-controlled House approved the bill on a mostly party-line 62-46 vote Thursday. The measure won Senate passage in May.

The bill would prohibit local governments from regulating, prohibiting or imposing a fee on the use or sale of "auxiliary containers" — which are defined as reusable or single-use bags, cups, bottles or other packaging from stores and restaurants.

More than 150 municipalities across the country have banned the environmentally unfriendly plastic bags or charged a fee.

None are in Michigan, though at least two counties — Washtenaw and Muskegon — have considered whether to limit the bags.

Democrats said the state should not strip local communities of decision-making.

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1:10 p.m.

The Michigan Senate has approved legislation that a lawmaker says would bring Uber and other ride-hailing services "into legal compliance" in a state without statewide regulations for the companies.

The bills, which were passed overwhelmingly Thursday, signal a compromise among the ride-hailing, taxi and limo industries.

They would create a statewide framework to regulate Uber and other transportation network companies, overriding agreements struck with local governments.

Republican Sen. Tory Rocca of Sterling Heights says statewide rules will create a "level playing field," noting that taxi and limo companies have paid fees that Uber is not paying. Drivers would have to undergo annual background checks, and companies would have to review applicants' driving history.

The House is expected to send the bills to Gov. Rick Snyder in coming weeks.

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