Phase Out the Use of Single-use Plastic Shopping Bags

Last updated: May 21, 2017

Details about this bill
Category: Environmental
Status: Defeated
Sponsor: Representative Mick Devin, House 51
Session: 128
Bill #: LD 57

Position:

Opposed.

UPDATE: The veto has been sustained. The bill is dead.

UPDATE: The governor has vetoed the bill.

UPDATE 4/23/17: The Senate voted the bill 26-7 (with 2 absences). See the roll call here

UPDATE 4/13/17: The House voted in support of the bill by a 78-68 vote. See the roll call here. The bill now moves to the Senate for action.

UPDATE: The committee has amended the bill to include the polystyrene issue from LD 103 in the bill and redrafted it. It now urges municipalities to adopt local level bag ordinances and polystyrene bans. 

The amendment is here.

Summary:

This bill prohibits a retailer from using plastic bags to bag products at the point of retail sale or otherwise make plastic bags available to customers, with exceptions for certain types of plastic bags. This prohibition is effective September 1, 2020. A retailer may provide recyclable paper bags to bag products at the point of sale and must provide reusable bags for purchase by a customer. The bill also makes changes to existing law regarding retailer collection and recycling of used plastic bags to ensure consistency with the implementation of the plastic bag prohibition.