Event Location

National Recycling Coalition

Location Website


Savannah Betkowski

Event Details

Plastic Bag Legislation

Sustainable Materials Management Webinar Series

July 18, 2017
11:30 AM - 12:45 PM

This webinar will focus on carryout plastic carryout bag legislation across the U.S. and provide a short history of carryout bag laws, outline the basic carryout bag law structures, and delve into the key components to include in a good law. The discussion will include threats of state preemption of local bag laws, including the PA state bag preemption legislation recently vetoed by Governor Wolf, and touch on how advocates in communities around the U.S. are pushing back on preemption threats.

Tuesday July 18, 2017/1:30 - 2:45PM EST

Presenter: Jennie R. Romer, Esq., Founder & Director, plasticbaglaws.org

Topic Subject Matter: Plastic Carryout Bag Legislation

Technical Complexity: Moderate

Presenter Biography

Jennie Romer is a national expert on carryout bag policy whose expertise is routinely sought by legislators, community groups, and businesses. She currently works as an attorney, policy advisor, and sustainability consultant in NYC and was recently profiled by The New Yorker. Jennie's most current article summarizing plastic bags laws and suggesting ordinance structures is Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinances published in the Tulane Environmental Law Journal. One can also find her videos explaining the intricacies of plastic bag laws on YouTube. Jennie Romer earned her JD from Golden Gate University School of Law and is a member of the state bars of California and New York. She also holds bachelor's degrees in Zoology, Environmental Studies and Black Studies from UC Santa Barbara.

Jennie was an associate attorney at Lexington Law Group in San Francisco, where she represented the Center for Environmental Health as well as a variety of plaintiffs in consumer class actions. In 2010, she founded plasticbaglaws.org, a resource for cities and states considering laws limiting the use of plastic bags, and was instrumental in San Francisco expanding its plastic bag ban. In 2012, Jennie moved to New York City and successfully coordinated a coalition in support of a bag law that passed the NYC City Council in 2016 and was blocked by the state legislature shortly before implementation in 2017.