Lawmakers call for ban on plastic bags

Lawmakers call for ban on plastic bags

Washington state leaders are calling for a new way to limit the use of plastic bags.

KIRO-TV reports that a new bill being announced Wednesday morning would put a 10-cent tax on each single-use paper bag used across the state.

Currently, 19 cities in Washington have plastic bag bans in place, including Seattle and Tacoma. Kenmore most recently approved a ban that takes effect on Jan. 1. Ellensburg is the only city in Eastern Washington that bans plastic bags.

Whether those cities would be affected by the legislation and the details of which bags would be taxed are not yet known.

Lawmakers tried to pass a tax on plastic bags in the last legislative session, but it failed.

The new bill will be introduced in the 2019 session.

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