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Washington state lawmakers call for ban on plastic bags

Washington state lawmakers have announed a bill that would prohibit the use of single-use plastic carryout bags and require a charge of 10 cents on all paper carryout bags.
Washington state lawmakers have announed a bill that would prohibit the use of single-use plastic carryout bags and require a charge of 10 cents on all paper carryout bags. AP file

Washington state leaders are calling for a ban on plastic bags.

A bill announced Wednesday would prohibit the use of single-use plastic carryout bags and require a charge of 10 cents on all paper carryout bags.

Currently, 19 cities in Washington have plastic bag bans in place, including Seattle, Tacoma and Edmonds. Kenmore most recently approved a ban that takes effect on Jan. 1.

Lawmakers tried to pass a tax on plastic bags in the last legislative session, but it failed.

The new bill will be introduced in the 2019 session.

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This story has been corrected to show that the proposed measure would prohibit plastic carryout bags and require a 10-cent charge on paper carryout bags. It wouldn’t mandate a 2-cent tag on plastic bags.

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