Plastic bag fee dead in Prince George’s County

An attempt to give Prince George’s County lawmakers the authority to impose a 5-cent fee on disposable shopping bags has died in Annapolis.

The bill, backed by County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D), the Prince George’s County Council and a majority of the county’s delegates and senators, fell one vote short of a majority Saturday in the House Environmental Matters Committee.

“It is dead,” said committee member Doyle L. Niemann (D-Prince George’s), who had backed the measure.

The measure would have given the county the authority to impose the fee, with the approval of the council and the executive.


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