Friday, January 6, 2012

New bag fee proposal for the 2012 General Assembly

The General Assembly convenes next week for the 2012 session. It's an insane chunk of time, with thousands of bills to consider in only 30 days.

Two bills of note for our members:
    HB 124: Introduced by Delegate Joe Morrissey of Richmond, this bill would place a 20-cent fee on disposable plastic bags, with five to seven cents staying with the retailer.
    HB 142: Introduced by Delegate David Englin of Alexandria, this bill would give localities the authority to ban smoking in designated public parks.
Both of these proposals stand to make a dent to two litter scourges, plastic bags and cigarette butts. We'll keep an eye on both of these proposals and keep you posted on their progress. If you are interested in working to support these efforts, please email us!

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