Disposable plastic bags; local tax. (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 plastic bag tax. Authorizes any county or city, beginning no earlier than January 1, 2021, to impose a tax of five cents per bag on 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 a portion of the five-cent tax and provides that the revenue accruing to the county or city shall be used for certain purposes including environmental cleanup and the provision of reusable bags. The measure authorizes the Tax Commissioner to administer the tax. This bill incorporates SB 26 and SB 198 and is identical to HB 534. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


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
02/19/2020Committee substitute printed 20108637D-H1
02/19/2020Reported from Finance with substitute (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2020Read second time
02/24/2020Passed by for the day
02/25/2020Read third time
02/25/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20108637D-H1
02/25/2020Amendments by Delegate Watts agreed to
02/25/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute with amendments SB11H1
02/25/2020Passed House with substitute with amendments (52-Y 46-N)
02/25/2020VOTE: Passage (52-Y 46-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020House substitute with amendments rejected by Senate (0-Y 40-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020House insisted on substitute with amendments
02/26/2020House requested conference committee
02/26/2020Senate acceded to request (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2020Conferees appointed by Senate
02/27/2020Senators: Ebbin, McClellan, Vogel
02/27/2020Conferees appointed by House
02/27/2020Delegates: Carr, Lopez, Ware
03/05/2020C Amended by conference committee
03/05/2020Conference substitute printed 20109452D-S3
03/05/2020Conference report agreed to by House (51-Y 46-N)
03/05/2020VOTE: Adoption (51-Y 46-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2020Conference report agreed to by Senate (22-Y 18-N) (see vote tally)
03/18/2020Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB11ER)
03/18/2020Signed by President
03/19/2020Signed by Speaker
03/20/2020Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 20, 2020
03/20/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
03/24/2020Impact statement from TAX (SB11ER)
04/10/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 1023 (effective 7/1/20)
04/10/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1023)


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.