Proposed law adds a fee to plastic bags at check out
New carryout bags would be required to meet certain strength, durability, and reusability standards.
Last updated 1/21/2020 at 8:18pm
In an attempt to reduce plastic pollution, a bill banning retailers from handing out free single-use plastic bags in the state of Washington is moving in the Legislature.
The bill, SB 5323, was passed by the Senate with a vote of 30-19 on Wednesday, Jan. 15, and is now headed to the House for further consideration. If the bill becomes law, shoppers will have to either bring their own bags or pay an eight-cent fee for a reusable carryout plastic bag.
The bill was a one-party proposal, made by the Democrats, and received the support of two Republicans voting yes. One Democrat voted no.