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By Leona Vaughn
WNPA News Service 

Proposed law adds a fee to plastic bags at check out

The Senate passed a bill that would ban single-use plastic bags and place an eight-cent fee on reusable plastic bags.

 

Last updated 1/19/2020 at 12:51pm

Photo courtesy of Hannah Sabio-Howell

Sen. Mona Das, D-Kent, the primary sponsor of SB 5323, speaking on the bill.

In an attempt to reduce plastic pollution, a bill banning retailers from handing out free single-use plastic bags in the state of Washington is moving in the Legislature.

The bill, SB 5323, was passed by the Senate with a vote of 30-19 on Wednesday, Jan. 15, and is now headed to the House for further consideration. If the bill becomes law, shoppers will have to either bring their own bags or pay an eight-cent fee for a reusable carryout plastic bag. 

The bill was a one-party proposal, made by the Democrats, and received the support of two Republicans voting yes. One Democrat voted no. 

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