Disposable plastic bags; local taxation per bag in Planning District 8 when provided to consumers. (SB11)

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 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. The bill allows every retailer that collects the tax to retain one cent of the five-cent tax. Read the Bill »


02/19/2020: passed committee


11/18/2019Referred to Committee on Finance
11/18/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100728D
11/18/2019Referred to Committee on Finance and Appropriations
01/08/2020Moved from Finance to Finance and Appropriations due to a change of the committee name
01/16/2020Impact statement from TAX (SB11)
02/10/2020Reported from Finance and Appropriations with substitute (10-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2020Incorporates SB26 (Petersen)
02/10/2020Incorporates SB198 (Locke)
02/10/2020Committee substitute printed 20107539D-S1
02/11/2020Committee substitute rejected (20-Y 20-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Floor substitute printed 20108122D-S2 (Newman)
02/11/2020Read second time
02/11/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/11/2020Committee substitute rejected 20108122D-S1 (20-Y 20-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Chair votes No
02/11/2020Substitute by Senator Newman agreed to 20108122D-S2
02/11/2020Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute SB11S2
02/11/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Passed Senate (26-Y 14-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2020Placed on Calendar
02/14/2020Read first time
02/14/2020Referred to Committee on Finance
02/14/2020Impact statement from TAX (SB11S2)
02/19/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/19/2020Reported from Finance with substitute (13-Y 9-N)
02/19/2020Committee substitute printed 20108637D-H1


Ronald N Quasebarth writes:

This isn't the way to discourage plastic bag use. It's the choice of the grocer or retailer mostly to not offer an alternative. Why is that a consumer issue?

Mike A writes:

As if we don't have enough taxes! Pleeeze defend us from this unnecessary impost. The vast majority of customers in my observation are already providing their grocers and other stores with reusable containers. Restaurants of all sizes and shapes will have to comply, at increased expense. This tax will provide localities with minimal revenue. Furthermore, it is designed to undermine the principle that taxing authority resides with the state legislature. Sen Marsden, Del Watts, pls vote against it. Thank you.

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