Plastic bags; imposes a tax of 20 cents on those used by purchasers. (HB124)

Introduced By

Sen. Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Plastic bag tax.  Imposes a tax of 20 cents ($0.20) on plastic bags used by purchasers to carry tangible personal property purchased in grocery stores, convenience stores, or drug stores. Durable, reusable plastic bags and bags used for ice cream, meat, fish, poultry, leftover restaurant food, newspapers, dry cleaning, and prescription drugs are exempt from the tax. Retailers are allowed to retain five cents ($0.05) of the 20-cent ($0.20) tax or seven cents ($0.07) if the retailer has a customer bag credit program. Failure to collect and remit the tax will result in fines of $250, $500, and $1,000 for the first, second, and third and subsequent offenses, respectively. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/04/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12102554D
01/04/2012Referred to Committee on Finance
01/12/2012Assigned Finance sub: Subcommittee #3
01/19/2012Impact statement from TAX (HB124)
01/20/2012Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/14/2012Left in Finance


stephen writes:

why not a ten dollar tax to help drive shoppers to other states.

Alice H writes:

NO! NO! NO! We are taxed into oblivion already!

robert legge writes:

London oddsmakers have this one 50 million to one that it won't make it out of committee.

bill emory writes:

A quick drive east and west on I64 between RIC and CHO underlines the need for such a bill.