Washington state lawmakers pass ban on plastic grocery bags

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Lawmakers in Washington state have passed a ban on plastic grocery bags and added an 8-cent fee on paper bags.

The Seattle Times reported Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee still needs to sign the bill that passed the state Senate Monday.

Some conservative lawmakers supported the Democrat-sponsored legislation in the hopes the measure will create demand for paper bags and energize Washington’s pulp and paper industry.

The bill exempts similar plastic items such as garbage bags. The addition of the statewide fee of 8 cents for paper bags would supplant jurisdictions with existing 5-cent fees, including Seattle.