Legislative Session Begins April 8th
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, March 31, 2013 - A bill has been prefiled in the State of Louisiana legislature to impose a five cent tax on single-use plastic bags. The bill would create a state tax on each plastic bag provided to a purchaser at the time of check out during a retail transaction for the purpose of transporting purchased goods.
The bill was filed by Representative Regina Ashford Barrow, a Democrat from Baton Rouge representing District 29. Rep. Barrow was elected in 2005 and represents the parishes of East Baton Rouge and West Baton Rouge. Baton Rouge is the state capitol of Louisiana.
Louisiana House Bill 529
The bill proposes to create a constitutional amendment to the Constitution of Louisiana. The bill would add the proposed amendment to the statewide election to be held on November 4, 2014. On the official ballot to be used at the election, there shall be printed a proposition upon which the electors of the state (voters) shall be permitted to vote YES or NO, to amend the Constitution of Louisiana. The proposition shall read as follows: Do you support an amendment to impose a state tax of five cents on single-use plastic carry bags? (Adds Article VII, Section 4.2)
House Bill 529 was filed on March 29 and, under the rules, provisionally referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.
Currently, there has been no statewide regulation of plastic bags in any state in the U.S. In the state of Hawaii, plastic bags have been banned statewide, but only because all four counties in the state imposed county-wide plastic bag bans.