In advance of the public meeting on the 26th…I reached out to all elected members from District 12 to find out where they stand on the Howard County Bag Tax Bill (better know as the “Authority to Impose Fees for Use of Disposable Bags”, Ho. Co. 4–19). More about HoCo 4-19:

FOR the purpose of authorizing Howard County to impose, by law, a fee on certain retail establishments for the use of disposable bags as part of a retail sale of products; limiting the amount of a certain fee; defining certain terms; and generally relating to the authority for Howard County to impose a fee for the use of disposable bags.

Here are the responses I have received:

Maryland State Senate District 12: Clarence Lam:

No response as of this post

Maryland State Delegate District 12: Terri Hill:

I will be happy to discuss the plastic bag bill with you after the public has had the chance to weigh in during Monday’s delegation local bill hearing.

Until then, I will just say that the bill is being introduced by request of constituents and is enabling legislation which does not create a mandate. It is modeled on what other jurisdictions have done (i.e. Montgomery County).

As part of the legislative process, which Monday’s public hearing is only part of, I expect to hear from constituents on all sides of the issue. Their opinions, concerns and suggestions will all be taken into account when the bill is taken up during the upcoming legislative session.

Maryland State Delegate District 12: Eric Ebersole:

No response as of this post

Maryland State Delegate District 12: Jessica Feldmark:

No response as of this post

I reached out to everyone listed above on November 23rd (Friday) via email and on Facebook Messenger. I also sent a follow up email on November 24th (Saturday). I realize that it was Thanksgiving weekend and maybe not everyone was watching email or social media and maybe that is why I only received one out of four responses…but still a bit of a bummer that the response rate was so low. I did offer to publish any responses that came in after I publish this article…so stay tuned for possible updates.

One of the things I am hoping to do this next year is to reach out to our State Senators, State Delegates, County Executive, Council Council members and Board of Education officials for comments in some of the stories I write for the blog. My hope is to provide information to the readers directly from our elected officials dealing with issues in our community or on legislation I am covering this year. I hope I can count on those elected officials to provide comments from time to time. I look forward to seeing how this works and how much feedback I actually will receive. As always I will be following all social media accounts and when there are public statements I can use that are relevant to a story…I will be sure to grab those statements as well.

Here is a full list of proposed legislation that will be discussed on the 26th:  Howard County Public Notice For Hearing on Local Bills (UPDATE 11/20/18)

Here are my previous articles on the Bag Tax providing data from other local areas (MoCo and DC), comments from Howard County Council Elect members and my own personal thoughts about a potential Bag Tax coming to Howard County:

Stay tuned…I will keep this as a top priority for the blog as this moves forward…or until it goes away.

Scott E


  1. So, the newly elected representatives of “we the people” begin with increasing taxes and fees? Funny, I don’t recall this being a high priority platform item when they were asking for votes. And a “justification” is that Montgomery County does it? Feel free to move to MoCo if you’re that inspired by this idea.

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