Plastic carryout bags; retail merchant shall provide durable plastic bag, with handles, etc. (SB711)

Introduced By

Sen. Fred Quayle (R-Suffolk)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Plastic carryout bags. Authorizes a locality to provide that a retail merchant located within its jurisdiction shall not provide to any of its customers at the point of sale any plastic carryout bag in which a product or products purchased by any such customer from such store is placed unless such plastic carryout bag is a durable plastic bag, with handles, that is at least 2.25 mils thick and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/16/2008Presented and ordered printed 084817308
01/16/2008Referred to Committee on Local Government
02/05/2008Passed by in Local Government with letter (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2008Continued to 2009 in Local Government (0-Y 0-N)
02/05/2008Subject matter referred by letter to DEQ pursuant to Senate Rule 20 (L)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB1534.


Eileen Levandoski writes:

Where's this one coming from?

Waldo Jaquith writes:

Entire nations have already passed this ban. The idea is to eliminate existing plastic grocery bags, which never break down (they do hypothetically, but only if left exposed to full sun for months or years, which is impossible in a landfill), and are often seen wrapped around trees, littering streams, etc.

Claire Ward writes:

San Franciso has a municipal ordinance to this effect, as do many other US cities.

Katy Irene St. Marie writes:

Oh, I am so in favor of this, I could jump for joy. Plastic bags need petroleum for their production and there are so many of them. It's so wasteful and disrespectful of the environment and resources.

Danielle writes:

I can not see why this bill was not passed, for this is a very important bill that might seem small, but has very large consequences if not taken care of right away. Outside my apartment window is a plastic bag tangled in the trees, and I just do not want to even think about where that bag will end up or even kill. That plastic bag will be around for longer than I will. We really need to as a whole take care of this crisis or it's going to destroy our environment a little at a time!