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Highlights from “Placing A Fee on Plastic Bags: The Local Lawmaking Process”

November 12, 2013

By Angela Hooks C’14

On November 6, Penn Law students got an inside look at the legislative process, including the mechanics of  writing an actual bill, during a lunch lecture with Logan Welde, an attorney for the Clean Air Council. The event, entitled Placing A Fee on Plastic Bags: The Local Lawmaking Process, was hosted by the Environmental Law Project.

Welde is a recent Law School graduate who is working to get Philadelphia to implement a fee on single-use plastic bags. In order to do this, he has had to write legislation, speak with and garner support from local council members, and work with groups and citizens to gain community support for a fee on plastic bags.

Welde explained the process of creating a new law and how a fee on plastic bags will affect Philadelphia. He shared some of the obstacles he has overcome and problems he has encountered in the midst of all of his triumphs.

To volunteer of for more information on  the status of the plastic bag fee legislation, email Welde at