Washington state lawmakers call for limits on plastic bags
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state leaders are calling for a new way to limit the use of plastic bags.
The bill announced Wednesday would prohibit the use of single-use plastic carryout bags and require a charge of 10 cents on all paper carryout bags.
Currently, 19 cities in Washington have plastic bag bans in place, including Seattle, Tacoma and Edmonds. Kenmore most recently approved a ban that takes effect on Jan. 1.
Lawmakers tried to pass a tax on plastic bags in the last legislative session, but it failed.
The new bill will be introduced in the 2019 session.
This story has been corrected to show that the proposed measure would prohibit plastic carryout bags and requrei a 10-cent charge on paper carryout bags. It wouldn’t mandate a 2-cent tag on plastic bags.
Information from: KIRO-TV, htthttp://www.kirotv.com/index.html