Plastic bags; tax imposed in Chesapeake Bay Watershed. (SB886)

Introduced By

Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Plastic bag tax in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Imposes a five-cent bag tax on plastic bags provided to customers by certain retailers in localities located wholly within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and directs revenues to be used to support the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan. The bill also allows every retailer that collects the tax is allowed to retain one-cent of the five-cent tax. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/07/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15100881D
01/07/2015Referred to Committee on Finance
01/19/2015Impact statement from TAX (SB886)
01/21/2015Passed by indefinitely in Finance (14-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)


Michael Minor writes:

I wholeheartedly support this legislation and taxing structure. As an environmentalistwho reregularly attend cleanups, these bags constitute a large portion of debris with plastic bottles number one. I use reusable bags and have several in my car at any one time. I changed my behavior this will also change behaviors in a very positive way and be a first step towards a plastic bottle tax..

Michael Minor