OLYMPIA, Wash. - A potential ban on plastic bags in Washington state has failed to pass the legislature.
The state Senate passed SB 5323 in March. It then went to the House of Representatives where it did not pass out of committee before Sunday night's midnight deadline. That's when the 105-day legislative session came to an end.
The bill would have banned stores across the state from giving out single-use plastic bags starting in 2020 in an effort to reduce pollution. It would have also required any other bags, like paper grocery bags, to cost 8 cents each and to contain at least 40 percent recycled material.
Lawmakers may try to reintroduce the bill in the next legislative session, in January of 2020.
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