There's been a battle in Ohio, one of the top states for plastics industry employment, over the issue of preemption laws.
A few Ohio cities and counties have passed plastic bag bans, but the Republican-controlled legislature is pushing a law that would prevent local bans. This story probably sounds familiar, because it's a debate that's been playing out in states around the country.
But a surprise twist came this week, when GOP Gov. Mike DeWine said he doesn't think the state should interfere with local bag bans.
"I think this would be a mistake. I think the state government should allow local communities to do what they think is best in regard to this area," DeWine told the Statehouse News Bureau.
Meanwhile, in Hawaii, the debate is moving in the other direction. The Honolulu City Council passed legislation this week that would heavily restrict a long list of single-use plastics on Oahu.
It's not a surprise, but unlike Ohio, Hawaii's plastics industry is small. We've been hearing from leaders of a few companies that fought hard against the legislation. But it now appears to be headed for the mayor's signature.