Disposable paper and plastic bags; local taxation. (SB1070)

Introduced By

Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) with support from co-patron Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Local paper and plastic bag tax. Authorizes localities to impose, by ordinance, a $0.05 tax on certain disposable paper bags and disposable plastic bags provided to consumers by certain retailers. Revenues from the local tax, less $0.01 of every $0.05 collected, which the bill authorizes the retailer to retain, would be submitted to the Tax Commissioner and distributed monthly to the county or city imposing the tax. The bill requires each county or city adopting an ordinance to impose the tax to (i) specify in the ordinance that the tax revenues shall be used for pollution and litter mitigation and (ii) 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. Read the Bill »


01/16/2019: Incorporated into Another Bill


12/12/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19100634D
12/12/2018Referred to Committee on Finance
01/15/2019Impact statement from TAX (SB1070)
01/16/2019Incorporated by Finance (SB1116-Petersen) (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)


Judith C Hinch writes:

I support the taxation or otherwise reduction or out-right-ban of plastic grocery bags. I see these in farm fields and along road sides. In addition to being ugly, they cause damage to farming equipment. I never use them. Judy Hinch