“And I had pickles and ice cream and I had glass all over the place,” he said. “Now I submit to you that glass all over the coast down there where we are worried about plastic bags is much more of a danger to our children than plastic.”
He then pulled a gray plastic Wal-Mart shopping bag out of his pocket and railed against what he called “PBP,” or plastic bag phobia.
“I’m going to pull something out and I don’t want you to be afraid,” he said, eliciting laughter. “I’m holding this. I’m touching it. … And it’s not doing anything to me yet. I’m not having any medical conditions. I’m not having any serious psychological problems yet.”
Rep. Scot Turner, R-Holly Springs, joined other Republicans in voting against the bill Friday.
“I would not want the city of Holly Springs to pass a ban on plastic bags,” he said. “But I don’t have the same issues as Tybee Island. I don’t have the same issues as Athens. My city has its own unique set of issues. If we pass this bill, we are taking a tool out of the toolbox for those local governments to deal with their own problems.”