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Prince George's Bag Tax Falters in General Assembly

General Assembly puts brakes on proposed 5-cent plastic bag tax.

A push by state and local officials in Prince George’s County to institute a grocery bag tax has come to a halt in the Maryland General Assembly.

The Gazette reports that on Wednesday the General Assembly County Affairs Subcommittee voted to put the proposal back on the shelf. The legislation would have required retailers to add a 5-cent tax to plastic bags.

Opponents of the legislation said that voters overwhelming opposed the tax.

 Del. Carolyn Howard (D-Dist. 24) of Mitchellville, who voted against the legislation, said that she received 900 responses against the tax from constituents after sending out a letter.

The vote comes after the Prince George’s County Council endorsed the bag-tax earlier this week in legislation proposed by Mary A. Lehman (D-Dist. 1) of Laurel.

Council members said the bill would clean roadways and better protect waterways.

 “I believe really strongly that this is split evenly between pro-environment and pro-business,” said Councilwoman Mary Lehman (D-Dist. 1) of Laurel in The Gazette.

tcmitssr March 28, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Full casino gaming should have been part of the initial slots package when proposed. It's about time! This will provide more: good, well-paying and secure jobs at multiple levels of educational and abilities for our county's residents. It cannot be approved, completed and open, fast enough!
Joshua Garner March 28, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Patch did post a story on the bag tax faltering in the General Assembly, again. http://laurel.patch.com/articles/prince-george-s-bag-tax-bill-falters-again
Ken Montville March 28, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Sorry, Joshua. I guess I missed it since it didn't appear in the daily digest that hits my e-mail every morning..
Sandy Irving March 28, 2012 at 08:34 PM
I row on the Anacostia River down in Bladensburg, and I see all the stuff that washes in after every rain. It doesn't bother me if the people who want the convenience of plastic bags pay for their cost. Their full cost. I have to say I haven't figured out a satisfactory replacement for the plastic kitchen trash bag. If I'm not ready to compost. But buying a few reusable shopping bags is really not a hardship.
Barry March 28, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Rowing around trash in the Anacostia isn't a hardship either. Perhaps if we tax the people rowing in the public waterways we will have money to have this trash cleaned up.

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