Cities in Missouri would not be allowed to ban plastic grocery bags or set their own minimum wage under a bill approved Wednesday by the Missouri Legislature. House Bill 722 now heads to Gov. Jay Nixon, who has not indicated whether he will sign it into law.
The bill started as an ordinance prohibiting cities from banning the use of plastic bags. A measure was added to the bill that prohibits cities from forcing businesses to offer employee benefits that “exceed the requirements of federal or state laws, rules or regulations.” It’s already against state law to require a local minimum wage above the state’s minimum wage.
Opponents of the bill say it undermines the power of municipal governments. Backers say it simplifies business owners’ lives by limiting the number of different ordinances with which they must comply.