Dallas businesswoman pushes for clear bags at high school football games



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Posted on February 26, 2014 at 7:31 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 26 at 7:40 PM

A Garland businesswoman hopes plastic tote bags will carry peace of mind for sports fans.

Verna Melton runs a packaging and distribution company that holds government contracts. She is touring the state pushing for the use of clear bags at high school football games statewide.

“I am hoping that Texas will be the first to adopt the policy,” said Melton, CEO of Verna's Ventures LLC.

What she’s proposing is similar to what the NFL requires fans to carry. This past season, the NFL tightened its bag restrictions, only allowing small, clear bags.

“In high schools they don’t do that," Melton said. "You could be sitting beside somebody with a backpack, and you don’t know what’s in that backpack."

On Wednesday, Dallas City Council member Dwaine Caraway offered his support for the idea, saying high schools statewide should follow suit. He said it would be a change made in the name of safety.

“I simply think that this is one tremendous idea," Caraway said. "It does not impede the privacy of anyone, but it also takes a step further and it protects the safety."

City support may be nice, but Melton said the opportunity for real change would have to come from the Texas Education Agency.

“Not only are we looking at what we can do in Texas, but we want other people to join the venture with us — we are willing to work with people all across the world to show them that they, too, can do what we are doing here,” she said.

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