Prince George’s 5-cent bag tax dies in Annapolis

UPPER MARLBORO — An attempt to allow Prince George’s County lawmakers to impose a 5-cent fee on disposable shopping bags has died in the General Assembly.

The bill fell one vote short of a majority in the House Environmental Matters Committee on Saturday. It had been supported by Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, the county Council and a majority of the county’s delegates and senators.

The bill would have given the county the authority to charge shoppers 5 cents for each disposable plastic or paper bag. Opponents questioned the cost of the fee and whether the measure would do enough to help the environment.

Prince George’s County requires permission from the General Assembly to implement new taxes.

In the Washington area, Montgomery County and the District of Columbia have 5-cent bag taxes.

One comment

  1. Prince George’s County Council members are supposed to come to their voters. By referenda, charter amendment, put forth by citizens in 1996, every New (increase) in any tax or fee is supposed to go to the ballot box for voter approval.

    The Council and Maryland State Legislature continue to violate local laws by imposing new taxes without voter approval.

    If the government doesn’t follow the law, why should we!!!

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