Three Plastic Bag Bills in Washington State Legislature

Three Plastic Bag Bills in Washington State Legislature

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 recyclable paper carryout bag, or a reusable carryout bag.Would require cities, towns, counties, or other municipalities enact only those laws and ordinances to retail store carryout bags that are consistent with the bill.

Introduced by Senators Chase and Kline. Status: referred to Committee on Energy, Environment, and Telecommunication.

SB.5248: Also sponsored by Sen. Maralyn Chase, this bill would impose a two-cent tax on each plastic bag supplied by a seller to a buyer at retail sale. Referred to Committee on Ways and Means.

SB.5386: Companion bill HB.1310: Authorizes local governments to choose to regulate consumer access to retail carryout bags. The bill also provides a model ordinance that can be adopted by local governments. Referred to Committee on Energy, Environment, and Telecommunications.

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