Brownsville city commissioners voted to repeal the city’s current plastic bag fee on Thursday.
The decision comes after Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit against the city in October, stating the one dollar bag fee is an illegal sales tax.
In order for the lawsuit to be dropped, city commissioners came to an agreement with Paxton’s office.
“We reached an agreement with the Texas Attorney General that by amending the ordinance to repeal the plastic bag fee, they would dismiss the lawsuit,” said Brownsville City Attorney Mark Sossi.
Sossi said the city plans to continue to enforce the plastic bag ordinance, but will no longer charge residents the one dollar fee for buying plastic bags at a business or grocery store.
The settlement agreement will go before the Paxton’s office and once it is signed, the city will have 30 days to stop enforcing the fee.