Council member Berlin Boyd said the revised ordinance aims to get around a new state law limiting cities’ regulations of food containers. This conversation is moderated according to USA TODAY’s community rules. Please read the rules before joining the discussion. Many cities across the country consider banning the use of plastic bags. Here are a few facts about the impact the bags have on the environment. Statesman Journal Key members of the Memphis City Council have dropped the idea of imposing a plastic bag fee, and are now proposing an outright ban on many plastic bags used at store checkouts.  The ban would sidestep a new Tennessee law intended to stop local governments from regulating plastic bags and other food containers.  The ban proposal is sponsored by council members Berlin Boyd and Kemp Conrad. It would impose a $50 fine for every use of a single-use plastic checkout bag at a retail establishments.  Boyd said plastic bags are a big drain on the local economy, since the government has to spend millions of dollars to get rid of them. In April, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signed a law that aimed to stop Memphis and other cities from regulating disposable contai...