Conservatively Speaking

State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.

Special committee looking into plastics


A special Wisconsin Legislative Council Study Committee on Single-use Plastics has begun its work. At its first meeting last month, Brad Wolbert of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources told the committee that from 2002 through 2009, there was an 18 percent increase in the pounds per person per day in plastics going into Wisconsin landfills. Far more than any other material, plastics stand out for increases seen in our landfills with grocery and garbage bags up substantially.

When asked by a committee member, paper or plastic, Wolbert replied the choice is paper because it’s better for the landfill and the environment. Drainage problems are caused by garbage and produce bags and plastic film packaging.

Generally, after a Legislative Council Study Committee completes its extensive work, the committee recommends a large, comprehensive omnibus bill for consideration during the subsequent legislative session. Conceivably, this committee might be considering restrictions on plastics.

Even California is rejecting calls to ban plastic shopping bags.

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