The Howard County Bag Tax Bill (known as: “Howard County – Authority to Impose Fees for Use of Disposable Bags Ho. Co. 04-19”) is moving forward…and now has a house bill number associated to it…HB 1166. The bill was introduced into committee on February 8th.
The summary of this bill reads “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 the fee to not more than 5 cents for each disposable bag used; defining “disposable bag” as a plastic bag provided by a store to a customer at the point of sale; requiring the county to use certain revenue only for a certain environmental purpose or the implementation, administration, and enforcement of the fee; etc.”
This bill is currently in the Environment and Transportation Committee…here are the members of that committee:
Here is your fun fact of the day…not one member of this committee is from Howard County…so a committee without representation from this county will decide if this bill moves forward…I just thought that was an interesting fact.
Another fun fact…the Chair of the Environment and Transportation Committee is from Montgomery County…a jurisdiction that already has a bag tax…so we can probably guess what might happen with this bill already…but I am still holding out hope that enough legislators will be concerned that their counties will be next…and will vote no on this bill…that is my hope at the moment.
Stay tuned…as this moves forward…I will continue to provide updates.