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Arkansas Bill To Ban Single-Use Bags

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Little Rock, Arkansas, April 20, 2013 (PBBR) – Arkansas State Representative Denny Altes has introduced a bill into the Arkansas General Assembly to ban single-use plastic bags in food stores. The bill, to be known as the “Reusable Shopping Bag Act”, will prohibit a store from providing single-use shopping bags…

Four Plastic Bag Bills in California Legislature

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Sacramento, California, April 20, 2013 (PBBR) – Four bills to regulate plastic bags have been introduced in the California State Legislature. AB 158: A bill introduced by Assembly Member Levine. AB 158 would prohibit certain retailers from providing a single-use carryout bag to a customer. The bill would also require…

Maryland Proposes Fee on Disposable Carryout Bags

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Annapolis, MD, April 19, 2013 (PBBR) – SB 0576, a bill entitled “Community Cleanup and Greening Act of 2013″ proposes to impose a 5 cent fee on disposable carryout bags, paper or plastic. Introduced by Senator Raskin, the bill would allow each retailer to retain one cent of the fee…

Vermont Legislator Proposes 5 Cent Fee on Disposable Bags

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Montpelier, VT, April 19, 2013 (PBBR) – Vermont State Senator Richard McCormack has introduced a bill into the General Assembly of the State of Vermont that would impose a fee of five cents on disposable carryout bags. If passed, bill H.491 would apply to any type of disposable shopping bag,…

Virginia Tables Proposed 5 cents Plastic Bag Tax

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Richmond, VA, April 19, 2013 (PBBR) – Introduced by Joseph D. Morrissey, House Bill 1381 would impose a five cents tax on plastic bags required by a customer at the point of purchase. The tax would be collected by retailers and deposited into the Virginia Water Quality Improvement Fund. Retailers…

Three Plastic Bag Bills in Washington State Legislature

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Olympia, WA, April 19, 2013 (PBBR) – Three bills pertaining to plastic bag legislation have been introduced in this year’s State Legislature of the State of Washington. SB.5253: Prohibits retail stores from providing a carryout bag to a consumer unless the carryout bag is a compostable plastic carryout bag, a…

Four Plastic Bag Bills in Mass. Legislature

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Boston, MASS. April 19, 2012 (PBBR) – In the 188th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Bill H.696 – State Representative Lori Ehrlich has again introduced her ‘Plastic Bag Reduction Act’ which failed passage last year. The bill states: (a.) No retail establishment shall provide carryout bags to customers…

State of Maine Seeks to Minimize Plastic Bags

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Augusta, Maine, April 16, 2013 (PBBR) – State Representative Paul McGowan has introduced a bill into the State of Maine Legislature to reduce the use of plastic bags in the state. The bill, HP919, “An Act To Minimize the Use of Plastic Bags”, if passed will require the retailer to:…

Northern Ireland Imposes Levy on Single Use Bags

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BELFAST, Northern Ireland, April 14, 2013 (ENS) – Retailers in Northern Ireland must now charge shoppers at least five pence for each new single use carrier bag. The new levy is intended to slash by 80 percent the 250 million single use bags used in Northern Ireland each year. As…

Sint Maarten to Ban Disposable Plastic Bags

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Philipsburg, Sint Maarten. April 14, 2013 (PBBR) – Two Members of Parliament (MP) of Sint Maarten are proposing to regulate disposable plastic bags in the island country. The two MP’s submitted their draft law to the Sint Maarten Parliament last Thursday and the bill must now work it’s way through…