Disposable paper and plastic bags; local taxation per bag when provided to consumers. (HB1669)

Introduced By

Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond) with support from co-patron Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Local disposable paper and plastic bag tax. Authorizes any locality to impose a tax of five cents per bag on disposable paper bags or disposable plastic bags provided to consumers by certain retailers, with certain bags being exempt from the tax. Revenues from the local tax would be collected by the Tax Commissioner and distributed monthly to the locality imposing the tax to be used by such locality for the mitigation of pollution and litter. The bill requires each locality imposing the tax by ordinance to provide a certified copy of the ordinance to the Tax Commissioner at least six months prior to the date the tax is to become effective. The bill also allows every retailer that collects the tax to retain one cent of the five-cent tax. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/03/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19100447D
12/03/2018Referred to Committee on Finance
01/13/2019Impact statement from TAX (HB1669)
01/14/2019House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/14/2019Passed by indefinitely in Finance (12-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)


Tim Greene writes:

Good bill.