Senator Daylin Leach, who represents the 17th Senatorial District of Pennsylvania, has introduced a bill in the General Assembly which would place a tax on plastic bags.
Bill SB 590
Senator Leach's bill, SB 590, would require all retailers in the state of Pennsylvania to charge a tax of two cents for every plastic bag supplied to a customer at checkout.
The plastic bag tax would be submitted by the retailer to the state in the same manner as the sales and use tax is submitted. The State would then deposit the funds collected from the plastic bag tax into a restricted account within the General Fund.
Half of the tax money would be granted back to the retailer. The retailer must enter into an agreement with the State that the money will be used to improve recycling practices, education and compliance with the new tax law (SB 590). The rest of the funds will be used by the State for recycling programs that are authorized by law.
Senator Leach is known as the Clean Environment Senator. He represents part of Delaware County and part of Montgomery counties.
He has committed to protecting Pennsylvania's natural environment by sponsoring and/or helping to pass numerous green bills and environmental-conscious legislation. Read more at Senator Leach's website.
Another state that is considering implementing a plastic bag tax is Indiana. Read "Indiana's Proposed Plastic Bag Tax".
To read the text of the bill SB 590, visit "Pennsylvania's Plastic Bag Tax".