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2019 Senate Bill 5323: Reducing pollution from plastic bags by establishing minimum state standards for the use of bags at retail establishments
Introduced by Sen. Mona Das (Kent) (D) on January 17, 2019
  Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Environment, Energy & Technology Committee on January 17, 2019
Substitute offered in the Senate on January 31, 2019
Prohibits a retailer from providing a customer a single use plastic bag, a paper or reusable plastic bag that does not meet recycled content requirements. Requires a retailer to collect a pass-through charge of at least $0.10 for each recycled content paper or plastic bag provided. Preempts local carryout bag ordinances. Specifies recycled content requirements for paper and plastic bags.
Referred to the Senate Ways & Means Committee on February 1, 2019
Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on February 27, 2019
Amendment offered by Sen. Mona Das (Kent) (D) on March 5, 2019
Clarifies the violation is subject to a $250 civil penalty. Directs that penalties incurred under the new chapter are appealable to the pollution control hearings board created in chapter 43.21B RCW.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on March 5, 2019
Amendment offered by Sen. Mona Das (Kent) (D) on March 5, 2019
Revises the pass-through charge for carryout paper and reusable plastic film bags to 8 cents. Limits the ten cent pass-through charge to paper bags that are 882 cubic inches or greater and to reusable carryout plastic film bags. Revises the minimum thickness of a reusable carryout film plastic bag to 2.25 mils. Provides that local ordinances in effect as of January 1, 2019, with a 10 cent pass-through charge are not preempted.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on March 5, 2019
Amendment offered by Sen. Phil Fortunato (Auburn) (R) on March 5, 2019
Requires the department of ecology to evaluate and compare life-cycle environmental impacts of carryout bags.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on March 5, 2019
Passed 31 to 14 in the Senate on March 5, 2019.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
Prohibits a retailer from providing a customer a single use plastic bag, a paper or reusable plastic bag that does not meet recycled content requirements. Requires a retailer to collect a pass-through charge of at least $0.10 for each recycled content paper or plastic bag provided. Preempts local carryout bag ordinances. Specifies recycled content requirements for paper and plastic bags.
Received in the House on March 8, 2019
Referred to the House Environment & Energy Committee on March 8, 2019
Referred to the House Finance Committee on March 29, 2019
Referred to the House Appropriations Committee on April 8, 2019
Received in the Senate on January 13, 2020
Received in the House on January 16, 2020
Referred to the House Environment & Energy Committee on January 16, 2020

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